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The history of sugar in Liverpool and the effects of the closure of the Tate & Lyle sugar refinery, Love Lane

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2010,  Bloggers Block, Keele WAGs and THE real PRICE OF SUGAR!

The blogger has been unblocked and so here we go again for 2010.

Below is a picture of the cane fields and the remarkable champion of the poor and dispossessed, Father Christopher Hartley.

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Posted by Ron Noon in Sugar and Globalisation on Thursday, February 04th 2010

The Informant is a corny film that’s really about SUGAR!

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Mark Eichenwald’s THE INFORMANT concludes that “in the wake of Harvest King it has become apparent that price fixing was a workaday endeavour around the globe, involving scores of corporations and executives.” I intend to argue that Corporate greed in Decatur was much more than the “visible hand” of the price rigger.

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Posted by Ron Noon in Sugar and Globalisation on Wednesday, November 18th 2009

Decatur, Decatur, it’s Matt’s kinda town

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In less than a fortnight a blockbuster movie starring Matt Damon will be on general release. The star of the Bourne trilogy plays the role of Mark Whitacre, a corporate “whistleblower” for a company which was not only headquartered in a town affectionately known as “The Pride of the Prairie”, but which down to the early noughties was the biggest institutional shareholder in Tate & Lyle. Much of THE INFORMANT was filmed in Decatur, a town of 84,000, 175 miles south of Chicago, where not only Archer Daniels Midland was based but so too was Tate & Lyle’s lucrative subsidiary AE Staley Mfg Co. 

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Posted by Ron Noon in Sugar and Globalisation on Tuesday, November 10th 2009

SUGAR and GLOBALISATION

This is the beginning of a new category of blogs to supplement ON THE LANE and BEYOND THE LANE. Globalisation is the buzzword of our era and has come from nowhere to be everywhere. That is the story of sugar too! 

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Posted by Ron Noon in Sugar and Globalisation on Sunday, September 13th 2009