Activists Hit Mott Foundation for U.S. Sugar Ties
activists are targeting the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation over its ownership
of the U.S. Sugar Corporation, which critics blame for environmental
degradation in the Everglades, Broward Palm Beach New Times writes.
Protesters demonstrated Monday outside a conference for environmental grant
makers in Miami attended by Mott Foundation representatives.
allegations are detailed in a Huffington Post article by Alan Farago, a former local
Sierra Club official and head of an Everglades preservation group, who contends
state water-management policies are skewed toward protecting sugar production
around Lake Okeechobee. Charles Stewart Mott purchased U.S. Sugar in 1931, and
the company is now majority-owned by the foundation and the C.S. Mott
$2.8 billion foundation counts environmental protection among its priorities,
funding clean-water programs for the Great Lakes and across the country. A Mott
representative did not return a New
Times call for comment.