Sugar’s bitter aftertaste

No more sweet talk: Luke Walsh, Paddy Cullen and Tom Linden-Wood campaign against big industry’s land grab for sugar farming.
No more sweet talk: Luke Walsh, Paddy Cullen and Tom Linden-Wood campaign against big industry’s land grab for sugar farming.

Co-ordinator Paddy Cullen said that around the world, the rush for land on which to grow sugar was tearing communities away from their homes.

He said an Oxfam investigation found that in countries like Brazil and Cambodia, companies supplying sugar to Coke, Pepsi and other food and beverage giants had been linked to land grabs and conflicts affecting poor communities.

Mr Cullen said it was time for Associated British Foods ” which owned brands such as Twinings and Ovaltine ” to adopt a zero tolerance approach to land grabbing and respect for the land rights of farmers and communities where its sugar was grown.

‘Coca-Cola recently took an important step to show its customers and the communities it relies upon that it aims to be a part of the solution to land grabs,’ Mr Cullen said.