I would like to start off by mentioning that I live in Canada; in other words, up north. I have heard a lot about agave nectar, and it sounds like a good deal (other than the fructose controversy), but then I found out that its produced in Mexico, and that the plant its harvested from takes up to 10 years to grow. This doesn't sound that sustainable to me, but when I tried to do some research on it, everything told me that its very environmental, but I still have my suspicions. I'm reluctant to use honey (for obvious reasons), and the maple syrup yield is going down (the reason why is because the beetle that damages the maple tree is killed off by cold temperatures, which used to be not a problem for us, but now temperatures are going up, so they're not being killed off, resulting in more damaged trees). I'm also aiming to try to incorporate raw foods into my diet, and I especially have interest in raw desserts, since it would eliminate the need for processed things like flour, or energy usage, like the oven. Using raw sugar (which technically, isn't actually raw by definition) sounds okay, but they're made from sugar cane, which I have heard to be a very demanding crop (pesticides, sucks up nutrients from soil, etc). What do you guys think? If anyone has a suggestion that doesn't get tangled in this whole mess, I would be <i>so</i> grateful!