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March 02, 2016

Fla. Activists Hit Mott Foundation for U.S. Sugar Ties

Environmental 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.

The 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 Children's Hospital.

The $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.