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Batéy 106: Portraits from a Dominican Sugar Cane Plantation

Erica Simone | Posted 03.06.2015 | Impact
Erica Simone

In this globalized world of consumption we live in, rarely do we stop to think about where our goods actually come from, who cultivated them or what life is like for the people at the beginning of the production chain. When you open a pack of sugar and empty it into your tea or coffee, do you ever consider the process of how that sugar ended up on your table? Do you ever think about what the people are like at each step of the production: the cultivators of the fields, the owners of the land, the processing plant workers, the packaging designers, the marketing team, the distributors, the transporters, the wholesalers, the retailers, and ultimately you, the consumer? I do all the time, to the point where I make up complete stories in my mind that could turn into a screenplay.

WTF Is Jaggery, Anyway?

The Huffington Post | Alison Spiegel | Posted 12.04.2014 | Taste

It's like a cross between spicy molasses and buttery caramel, so listen up.

Making Sugar In Costa Rica's Mountains

Peter Greenberg | Posted 07.22.2014 | Travel
Peter Greenberg

Located high up in the mountains is a little village called Santa Juana. Here, you can participate in an ancient tradition of turning sugar cane into pure sugar.

Life in a Dominican Batey

John J. Powers | Posted 07.25.2012 | Impact
John J. Powers

It is important to understand the batey, a village of Haitian sugar cane cutters living in deep and unrelenting poverty in the Dominican Republic. It is a contrast as stark and vast as any on earth.

Digging For Adventure In Hawaii

Sandra Thomas | Posted 05.28.2012 | Travel
Sandra Thomas

With a mining light perched on my head and life jacket strapped around my torso, it probably wasn't my best look, but both are required pieces of safety equipment when preparing to traverse a series of tunnels dug into the side of a mountain on the north end of the tropical Island of Hawaii.

PHOTOS: Sugar Cane Harvest in Guatemala

Posted 12.01.2011 | Latino Voices

Sugar is Guatemala's most important agricultural export, making Guatemala the fifth largest sugar exporter in the world. The industry employs arou...

Residents Return After Well Blowout Douses Cane Fields

Susan Buchanan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Susan Buchanan

An early-August accident at a newly dug oil well in Assumption Parish, Louisiana, ended when sand buried the structure. Millions of dollars in damages are being tallied, and two class-action suits have been filed.

Gumbo Granny Blogs From the Bayou for Obama

Georgianne Nienaber | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Georgianne Nienaber

What you hear again and again here in South Louisiana is that no one has the TIME to work on campaigning. Most families are still recovering from thre...

Why Should Anyone Care About Louisiana?

Georgianne Nienaber | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Georgianne Nienaber

It is highly unlikely that candidates will make appearances down here in the final two weeks of the election, even though many parts of the state are still reeling from... Hurricanes Gustav and Ike.