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Hato Mayor del Rey, Dominican Republic- The sun rises above the majestic landscape of the Dominican Republic. Known by many for the beach vacations at resorts on the coasts, the Dominican Republic also is home to sugarcane worker communities known as bateyes. The bateyes, according to a U.S. Labor Department report issued 27 Sept 13, have " deplorable and unsanitary living conditions. A USDA estimate put US consumption of sugar at approx 80lbs per person, of which cane accounts for 80% of sugar produced. (Photo by Robert Falcetti)
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- Batey, the not so sweet existence in the heart of cane.