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December 2003's Issue

Sugar has a long and disreputable history, and is one of the most active ingredients in a worldwide epidemic of diet-related illnesses, including diabetes and obesity. This month, NI diagnoses the twin addiction of consumers and producers to a substance that’s more akin to a drug than to a food.

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Featured in issue 363

Hungry Ghosts

Anita Ferruzzi examines the troubled relationship between sucrose and eating disorders.

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The Sugar Trap

It was the first ‘consumer’ product. Now it lies behind the very first epidemic diseases of corporate globalization. David Ransom suggests a cure.

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Refined White

Michael Berry tells the untold story of the South Sea Islanders who built the sugar industry in Australia.

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Slave Sugar

How slavery and sucrose grew up together – a brief history.

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Dirty Business

Almaz Mequanint grew up in a sugar-refining town in Ethiopia. Clemens JM Rolink is the General Manager of the Dutch company that built it. They exchange two very different views of the same place.

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Sugar Daddies

India is the world’s largest producer. As Dionne Bunsha reveals, it hasn’t make a sweet confection.

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Perilous Pleasure

What sucrose does to your body.

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Cattail Country

The Florida Everglades have been endangered, says Mark Engler, by the power of ‘Big Sugar’ in the United States.

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Tales from Tagalog

Villagers in the Philippines had their land expropriated by sugar. Now, report Devlin Kuyek and Andrew Skinner, they’re determined to get it back.

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Sweet Nothings in Cancún

Katharine Ainger reports on deadly trade negotiations in Mexico.

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Sugar Squad

Revealing the truth about a ruthless cereal killer.

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