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The Sweet (and Not-So-Sweet) Story of Sugar

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According to the event organizers:

Sugar has been on our minds for millennia. First cultivated in New Guinea around ten thousand years ago, but unknown to the Ancient Greeks and Romans, and extremely expensive from the Middle Ages until the Industrial Revolution, this addictive sweetener has come to dominate our appetites—whether in candy, desserts, soft drinks, processed food, or even pasta sauces. Sugar’s past is chock-full of determined adventurers: relentless sugar barons and plantation owners who worked alongside plant breeders, food processors, distributors, and politicians to build a business based on our cravings. In both the sugarcane and sugar beet industries, men have made fortunes and met their demise, all because of sugar’s simple but profound hold on our palates.”



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