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<a href="http://www.energymatters.com.au/index.php?main_page=news_article&article_id=1831" target="_blank">http://www.energymatters.com.au/inde...rticle_id=1831</a><br><br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
<div class="quote-block">A U.S. company specialising in vegan food products is using solar power to supply 100% of its electricity needs.<br><br>
Follow Your Heart's 113 kW rooftop solar power system is made up of seven hundred and fifty-six 150 watt solar panels. The modules also act as a shade for the building from the scorching California sun, helping to reduce energy needs.<br><br>
The company says its plant, called Earth Island, may be the first food manufacturing facility powered by solar energy in the USA. At times, the system produces more electricity than is used and any excess electricity is sold back to the company's utility.<br><br>
Follow Your Heart says Earth Island's system will avoid 5,000 tons of carbon dioxide emissions over its lifetime; the equivalent emissions generated by the burning of over 3,000 tons of coal.<br><br>
The company points out the Earth Island installation is just one 20,000 square foot roof and if rooftop solar panels were installed on all buildings in the southwestern United States, enough electricity would be produced to meet the needs of the entire nation.<br><br>
"The impact on our environment, along with the shift in our dependence on nuclear energy, coal, oil and gas, would truly change the world."<br><br>
Follow Your Heart began in 1976 when four friends pooled their resources to buy a health food store in Canoga Park, California. The founders decided to eliminate meat, poultry and fish from the store's offerings, a controversial move at the time. In 1988, two of the founders started Earth Island.<br><br>
Among its products is Vegenaise, an egg-free a mayonnaise alternative. Other salad dressings, sauces, marinades and veggie meats are also produced at Earth Island. The company's products seem to be very popular in the USA, but unfortunately for Australian consumers aren't available here (yet).</div>
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OK, that settles it. I am so getting a jar. (It's only in health food stores in my area; I wonder if I can get Price Chopper to carry it? It would be nice to have it more easily available.)
 

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^^^ I haven't tried the grapeseed oil style yet, but I just tried the original style today on a sandwich of whole-wheat bread, leaf lettuce, and a homegrown tomato. It tastes just like I remember Hellman's Real Mayonnaise!... but without the cruelty and cholesterol of eggs!<br><br>
This stuff is pricey enough, and I notice it's made with canola oil. Is there any reason they made a version with grape seed oil?
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Tom</strong> <a href="/forum/post/3022420"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
^^^ I haven't tried the grapeseed oil style yet, but I just tried the original style today on a sandwich of whole-wheat bread, leaf lettuce, and a homegrown tomato. It tastes just like I remember Hellman's Real Mayonnaise!... but without the cruelty and cholesterol of eggs!<br><br>
This stuff is pricey enough, and I notice it's made with canola oil. Is there any reason they made a version with grape seed oil?</div>
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They make several varieties now. I imagine they make the grapeseed oil for those who want a better monounsaturated fat ratio compared to canola. They make an organic version, but I find that it separates and has an unpleasant texture for some reason. The original is my favorite.
 

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Very neat. I love hearing about companies that make use of more environmentally-friendly energy.
 

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I am addicted to the stuff now.
 

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That's good news. I'm not a big fan of veganaise(I make my own vegan mayo), but just this once I may splurge and get a jar to show my support.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/carrot.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":vebo:"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/rockon.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":rockon:"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/thumbsup.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":up:"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/dancingbanana.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":nana:"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/pibo.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":pibo:">
 
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