Standing up for our environment ~ Thank You, Charlie Crist!
Last week, on October 12th, Florida Governor Charlie Crist took land out of sugar production to help save the Everglades. Charlie Crist did something that no national politician, either Democrat or Republican has ever done...he put Florida and the Everglades before politics.
Alan Farago explains in his recent article that the water supply requirements of sugar production (flood control in the wet season and supply during the dry ) is out of sync with the natural Everglades. Keeping it that way enhances sugar profits. At the same time, fertilizer runoff and chemicals released by the exposure of wetlands to extensive drying have massively polluted the Everglades. These factors converted the Everglades from a multi-billion dollar economic engine including fisheries, estuaries, and natural habitats valued by the nation into a resilient if flickering shadow. At the same time, Big Sugar has used its profits to become the main obstacle to restoring America's River of Grass.
The U.S. sugar industry is controlled by two big enterprises ~ U.S. Sugar and the Fanjuls family. Naturally and unfortunately, sugar companies (big and small) are embedded in politics and fall 99% of the time behind politics and positions opposed to environmental protection and regulation.
At such a critical and confusing time on the political calendar, we fully appreciate Charlie Crist for taking an important stand on behalf of our environment.