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The bitter aftertaste of sugar

Agnihotri, Srishti (2015) The bitter aftertaste of sugar. LSE Human Rights Blog (16 Dec 2015). Website.

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Sugar is a commodity in high demand all over the world, and sweets are often associated with good tidings and celebration. In the production of this much-coveted substance, however, there are a great deal of labor violations taking place. Sugar production historically has had well-documented links to slavery. According to Prof. Ben Richardson of the University of Warwick, many of the management practices employed by this industry now hark back to the time of slavery. These include the use of migrant or bonded labor, and paying a piece rate (that is, paying the worker in terms of quantity of output produced) instead of a daily wage. Similar conditions prevail in plantations across Central and South America, especially Nicaragua, Brazil, El Salvador, and the Dominican Republic.

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Additional Information: © 2015 The Author(s)
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
H Social Sciences > HF Commerce
J Political Science > JC Political theory
J Political Science > JF Political institutions (General)
J Political Science > JX International law
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
S Agriculture > S Agriculture (General)
Date Deposited: 07 Jun 2017 07:22
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 08:11

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