Sickly Sweet

The Walrus - - LETTERS -

Kather­ine Laid­law’s ar­ti­cle on the num­berone health prob­lem world­wide — af­ter famine — was all too short (“Su­gar Rush,” Jan­uary/fe­bru­ary). The health dis­as­ters that are candy and soda are well known. What is less widely un­der­stood is the root cause of it all: the su­gar-refin­ing in­dus­try. Be­cause of the harm­ful and to­tally un­nec­es­sary refin­ing of su­gar cane, so­ci­ety pays a steep price in the form of di­a­betes and heart fail­ure — and the enor­mous fi­nan­cial bur­den those con­di­tions rep­re­sent.

Nigel Spencer

Mon­treal, QC

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