Tuesday, June 16, 2015

This Weekend: The Sierra Club Big Sugar Summit ... by gimleteye

It is about time for a public reckoning of the costs of Big Sugar. This weekend, Sierra Club and a list of accomplished speakers won't get to all of those costs, but they will to most. For too long, most Floridians have lived in the dark about the influence of Big Sugar: prime instigator of crony capitalism and key operator of Florida's shadow government.

No matter where you live in Florida, Big Sugar impacts your life.

Event to be held at the following time, date, and location:

Saturday, June 20, 2015 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM (EDT)
Embassy Suites West Palm Beach - Central
1601 Belvedere Road, West Palm Beach, FL 33406

The Big Sugar Summit will pull the curtain back on the sugar industry. We'll dig as deep into the muck as we can, in one day, to uncover just how profoundly Big Sugar affects us all. You'll get the facts regarding the sugar industry's influence and impact on Florida and its citizens. Our speakers will represent a wide spectrum of the political, academic, science and advocacy realms.

See full agenda and speakers

The following topics will be covered:
History of Big Sugar in the Everglades Agricultural Area
Sugar's impact on the Everglades
Sugar burning practice and impacts
Health impacts
State-level political influence
Federal-level political influence
U.S. Sugar Program
Local economy in the EAA
Sugar Hill Sector Plan
Miccosukee Tribe Perspective

Note: There will be a social hour immediately after the program.


Anonymous said...

Florida media has been hostage to Big Sugar for decades. Joanna Wragg, when she was associate editor of the paper under David Lawrence, made sure that nothing bad ever got into the paper that questioned Big Sugar's domination of state policies, practices, and influence. After retiring from the Herald, she became a paid shill as a reward for past performance. Although Big Sugar influence at the Herald is no longer so strong, the paper's editorial and local news content has deferred to the Palm Beach Post, to the Naples Daily News, and the Tampa Bay Times. And local TV or WLRN or WPBT? Nada. Parker Thompson, Greenberg Traurig, Holland and Knight: name one in the greater Miami constellation of influencers who has either been directly compensated by Big Sugar, or by the state it dominates through political influence, or sat on the sidelines? Look at the results.

Anonymous said...

Now BS owns Sunshine State News, fox news florida.