Sugar: The Grass That Changed the World
2004. First edition. A fine, unmarked copy that presents as new.
Sugar is produced in 121 countries worldwide and annual production, which already exceeds 120 million tonnes globally, is increasing year on year. Sugar has been described as a medicine, a necessity, a drug, but its tale is one of both life and death - it is in every cell of our bodies. Humans are all dependant on sugar for life, but it was responsible for the enslavement and death of millions of Africans and is at the root of one of today's most serious health problems: over one fifth of adults in the UK and a third of adults and half of all children in America are clinically obese. Our lust for sugar has changed the shape of the world economically, culturally and socially. Sanjida O'Connell reveals, in accessible and scintillating prose, the extraordinary and illuminating story of Sugar's journey from grass to world domination.