1000 Flowers for the Planet - #576 Demand Organic Sugar
Growing sugar in Australia is big business. It’s grown along the eastern coast of Australia in the state of Queensland. The Great Barrier Reef runs along the same coastline. Unfortunately, growing cane also mean using pesticides and these chemicals are washed through the environment and into the ocean as storm water, where they then cause damage to marine life – and the reef, one of the seven wonders of the modern world. Getting rid of industry is not a solution, but we could use our brains to create a better planet if we acknowledge a) our practices are not healthy for the environment, b) nature does have the answer and c) short-term financial gain is pointless if long-term financial gain is impossible (no reef = no tourism). If we demand organic sugar then industry will be encouraged to provide that and in doing so will help create a healthier environment and healthier people. It’s a win/win situation.
What’s the sugar can industry doing to your local environment?