Big Sugar explores the dark history and modern power of the world’s reigning sugar cartels.
Using dramatic reenactments, it reveals how sugar was at the heart of slavery in the West Indies in the 18th century, while showing how present-day consumers are slaves to a sugar-based diet.
Going undercover, Big Sugar witnesses the appalling working conditions on plantations in the Dominican Republic, where Haitian cane cutters live like slaves.
Workers who live on Central Romano, a Fanjul-owned plantation, go hungry while working 12-hour days to earn $2 (US).
In the first part of this series, we explore how sugar has shaped the world as we know it & continues today. In the past sugar barons in England influenced parliament to take Canada from the French vs other sugar-producing islands. Today’s sugar barons pay their workers $2 a day for cutting at least a ton of sugarcane & keep them in borderline slavery conditions.