I heard about that on NPR a few weeks ago, and they blamed it on dehydration and electrolyte loss from the hot, hard work - but sugarcane has always been hot and hard work, yes? It's the usual coverup. I'm glad I don't support NPR.
Little noticed by the rest of the world, chronic kidney disease (CKD) is cutting a swath through one of the world’s poorest populations, along a stretch of Central America’s Pacific Coast that spans six countries and nearly 700 miles. Its victims are manual laborers, mostly sugarcane workers.
Each year from 2005 to 2009, kidney failure killed more than 2,800 men in Central America, according to the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists‘ analysis of the latest World Health Organization data. In El Salvador and Nicaragua alone over the last two decades, the number of men dying from kidney disease has risen fivefold. ...
The surge of kidney disease is overwhelming hospitals, depleting health budgets, and leaving a trail of widows and children in rural communities. In El Salvador, CKD is the second leading cause of death for men. In the province of Guanacaste, Costa Rica, the regional hospital had to start a home dialysis program because it was overwhelmed with so many CKD victims that it began running out of beds to treat patients with other ailments.
So many men have died in some parts of rural Nicaragua that Maudiel Martinez’s community, called The Island, now is known as the Island of the Widows - La Isla de las Viudas.
from Island of the Widows
2010 American Sugar Imports by Country
1. Dominican Republic: $100.8 million, up 185.4% (24.1%)
2. Guatemala: $77.6 million, up 328.4% (18.6%)
3. Brazil: $68.3 million, up 123.4% (16.3%)
4. Mexico: $38 million, down 70.7% (9.1%)
5. Philippines: $29.7 million, down 13.4% (7.1%)
6. Peru: $19.2 million, down 110.8% (4.6%)
7. Colombia: $15.6 million, up 855.1% (3.7%)
8. Nicaragua: $12.6 million, up 35.5% (3%)
9. Thailand: $11.5 million, up 104.5% (2.8%)
10. El Salvador: $9.4 million, down 7.6% (2.3%)
11. Costa Rica: $8.4 million, down 22.6% (2%)
12. Panama: $7 million, up from nil (1.7%)
13. Mozambique: $6.99 million up from nil (1.7%)
14. Jamaica: $4.5 million, up from nil (1.1%)
15. Guyana: $4.3 million, up 17,480% (1%)
US Sugar Imports By Country
Former sugar cane workers from Nicaragua suffering from chronic kidney failure are trying to gather support in Germany to fight the most powerful company in their country.
"It's the sugar cane plantations that are making us sick," Carmen Rios, a small woman from El Viejo in Nicaragua says, pointing to the plantations in Chinandega Province. ...
But it's not just Carmen Rios and members of her association who think the evidence is quite obvious. Several German organizations involved in development policy see the proof as well. This is why Carmen Rios, joined by a journalism student from Managua who supports the farmers, was invited by Heidelberg's Nicaragua-Forum to tell her story to a German audience.
...And they want to check if Nicaraguan bioethanol is actually used in Germany and to what extent Germany could influence compliance with health and safety standards at Nicaragua's sugar cane plantations.
Illness-stricken sugar workers from Nicaragua seek German help
Originally posted by Saucerwench
Hey I have a question, is this stuff in pet food somehow, as well? My 9 yr old cat died of failed kidneys on April 21, and yesterday,