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Recent ponderings on vegan issues led me to check on how my sugar is produced. I live in western Canada, and use the local western Canadian brand (Rogers). It's produced in my province and the neighboring province.<br><br><br><br>
I was happy to find my sugar is beet sugar and not processed with animal bone char. However, the Rogers website contained a detailed look at the inner workings of their factory. I was surprised when I read the following:<br><br><br><br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
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The exhausted cossettes leaving the Extraction Tower contain about 90% water. They are first mechanically pressed to remove as much water as possible and then dried in large rotary natural gas-fired driers. The dried pulp, containing about 10% moisture, is formed into pellets and sold throughout Western Canada and several export markets. It forms a highly nutritious portion of many animal food diets. A small amount of the pressed pulp is sold directly without drying to local animal feeders.</div>
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So by purchasing my no-animal-products sugar, I'm helping to feed local farm animals? Bah. Not that I think the animals should starve, but I am supporting an industry I don't support. If that makes sense. I'm not sure yet if it's enough to make me stop buying sugar, but it certainly made me grumpy.
 

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its cool to be aware i geuss of the final destiny of all the by products of the things yo consume, however that animal feed thing is a really common use for dry by products, it happens in beer production and im sure other industrial were the liquid is waht is valued and the solids would otherwise be dicarded.<br><br>
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Thanks for passing that on, Medesha - quite relevant for me, as I'm also in Western Canada. I've not been sure about Roger's sugar, so have avoided it and opted for Raw Turbinado (and whenever I travel back home to the Caribbean, gone to great effort to haul pounds of Florida Crystals sugar that's available there back, since it explicitly says it is processed without animal byproducts). I'm glad to know that the local brand is vegan-able, too.<br><br><br><br>
I do see the point about supporting, albeit indirectly, the animal industry. No clue as to how other vegan-friendly sugar companies dispose of their by-products, though. I'm glad the waste is being reused. I suppose a company that doesn't support the animal industry would compost it instead, though?
 

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Possibly -- composting would be nice. The Rogers site says that their granulated white sugar is beet sugar, not processed with bone char. However, most of their other products (icing/confectioner's sugar, brown sugar, and sugar syrup) is made from cane sugar and uses bone char filters.
 

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Not trying to be confrontational or anything, just curious. would you also stop eating corn knowing that a vast portion of corn is used for cattle feed?
 

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Well I won't necessarily stop eating sugar. But "corn" is not a company. Would I buy shares in a company that manufactured animal feed from corn? Probaly not. Would I buy corn from a company that processes it for human consumption only? Of course.<br><br><br><br>
Would I buy genetically modified corn to mutate into super-soldiers (led by Colonel Kernal, naturally) to add to my cucumber army and eventually take over the world? Rhetorical.
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Medesha</strong> <a href="/forum/post/0"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
cucumber army</div>
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That's comical.
 

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Would I buy genetically modified corn to mutate into super-soldiers (led by Colonel Kernal, naturally) to add to my cucumber army and eventually take over the world? Rhetorical.</div>
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<br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/tongue3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":p"> Are you familiar with a cartoon called "The Tick"?<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D"> Loved that show. There was a villian called El-Seed. If you're not familiar with it, I think you would get a big kick out of it.<br><br><br><br>
Keep the troops happy!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/broccoli.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":bobo:"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/pibo.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":pibo:"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/dancingbanana.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":nana:"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/carrot.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":vebo:">
 

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I am passingly familiar with the Tick, yes. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> Spoon!
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Medesha</strong> <a href="/forum/post/0"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
Well I won't necessarily stop eating sugar. But "corn" is not a company. Would I buy shares in a company that manufactured animal feed from corn? Probaly not. Would I buy corn from a company that processes it for human consumption only? Of course.<br><br><br><br>
Would I buy genetically modified corn to mutate into super-soldiers (led by Colonel Kernal, naturally) to add to my cucumber army and eventually take over the world? Rhetorical.</div>
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Would a cucumber army go to Root Camp?<br><br><br><br>
Sorry, had to.
 
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