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Sweet News For The Everglades

United States Sugar, the largest sugarcane refinery in America, has announced it is going out of business, and the 187,000 acres it called home will go back the Everglades.Environmental advocates are giddy over the proposed deal; Vice President of the Everglades Foundation Margaret McPherson made a statement..




United States Sugar, the largest sugarcane refinery in America, has announced it is going out of business, and the 187,000 acres it called home will go back the Everglades.

Environmental advocates are giddy over the proposed deal; Vice President of the Everglades Foundation Margaret McPherson made a statement full of gleeful cartwheels. But, it's a bittersweet victory. The company selling out all its assets to the state of Florida would be a big win for the ecosystem, but 1,900 sugar company employees slated to lose their jobs over the coming six years are left with a sour taste in their mouths.

We, of course, are looking on the bright side. Adding United States Sugar's acreage back into the ecosystem could restore the natural flow of water, and keep the region soaked through dry season, protecting wildlife and preventing fires. In short, the dream of a fully restored Everglades is 292 square miles closer to a reality... Sweet.






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