5 Things You Didn’t Know about SUGAR

  1. The avg. American consumes 66 lbs of sugar/yr.

  2. Sugar trades below production cost.

  3. Child & forced labor in the sugarcane industry is known to take place in at least 19 countries.

  4. The U.S. imports most of its sugarcane from Mexico, Brazil, and Guatemala, all are known to use forced and/or child labor. 

  5. Although Fair Trade, Rainforest Alliance, and UTZ are not flawless, certification does mean your sugar will be more ethical.


Conscious Sugar Options:

  • Wholesome Sugar (Fair Trade)

  • Tate & Lyle (Fair Trade) 

  • Florida Crystals (U.S.) 

  • Bob’s Red Mill (U.S.)

Candy and sweetened products that use Conscious Sugar:

  • UnReal (Fair Trade) 

  • Little Secrets (Fair Trade)

  • Wholesome (Fair Trade)

  • Chau Chocolate (Fair Trade)

  • Many Fair Trade Chocolate Bars also use Fair Trade Sugar

Soda: Maine Root (Fair Trade) - Now available at The Freedom Café!

Iced Tea: Honest Tea (Fair Trade)

Ice Cream: Ben & Jerry’s (Fair Trade)

*Throughout the fall, research volunteer, Jenn Gallagher has been compiling information about the sugarcane industry. We are looking forward to bringing more of Jenn's work to our community as a part of our conscious consumer materials.

Bryan BessetteComment