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Alright, so what on earth is wrong with sugar?

Sugar is derived from a variety of sources. The most common sources in the United States are beets and sugar cane (roughly half the sugar market is from each source). Unfortunately, cane sugar is often whitened using charcoal from the bones of cows. Yuck!

That's gross, but is that really a good reason to avoid eating something? Is it really any worse to spend money on products from companies whose workers aren't vegan? I mean then my money is still indirectly being used to support someone else eating meat.

That's a good point, but it's tough to live in this society without making some compromises. If you want to raise your own food, more power to you! But, if not, avoiding sugar that's been processed with bone char is a relatively simple thing one can do that can really make a difference. Since the majority of the sugar in this country is not processed with bone char, companies generally respond positively to making a switch when they find out that many vegans won't eat their products otherwise. All animal advocacy campaigns should be this easy!

So is brown sugar OK since bone char is just used to whiten it?

You would think so, wouldn't you? Unfortunately, brown sugar falls into the same category as white sugar . "Brown sugar" is actually just white sugar that has had coloring and flavoring (molasses) added to it after it already had its natural brown coloring removed. Will the wonders of science never cease?

But, all beet sugar is safe?

Yes! Beet sugar is fine, and tastes just the same as cane sugar. In fact, it's also generally better for the environment as well. On the down-side sugar beets are sometimes genetically engineered.

What about fructose, dextrose and sucrose?

You might think fructose only comes from fruit, but actually the majority of comercial fructose on the market is derived from corn or beet source (both of which are fine). Dextrose is derived from corn as well, so go ahead and eat those french fries. Sucrose could be just about anything, so you'll need to verify with the company whether it's from cane sugar (and if so, whether bone char was used to process it).

Well, how about turbinado sugar, organic evaporated cane juice, organic dehydrated cane juice, and organic cane sugar?

All of the above are bone-char free! See, this isn't so hard afterall is it?

How do I know whether a particular brand of sugar has been processed with bone char?

Read on and you'll find a list of companies selling bone-char-free sugar, as well as a list of companies who have confirmed that they do use bone char. If you don't see your local brand of sugar on this list, drop us an email or check back later, as this list will continue to be updated as we confirm more companies.


Companies verified to sell bone-char-free sugar

American Crystal Sugar Company
Corporate Office
101 North 3rd Street
Moorhead, MN 56560
Phone: (218) 236-4400
http://www.crystalsugar.com
Labels: Crystal Sugar
Note: Uses beet sugar

Florida Crystals Refinery
P.O. Box 86
South Bay, FL 33493
Phone: 407-996-9072
http://www.FloridaCrystals.com
Labels: Florida Crystals
Note: Organic naturally milled sugar cane

Imperial Sugar Company
P.O.Box. 9
Sugar Land, Texas 77487
Phone: 800-727-8427
Labels: Spreckles , Holly Sugar, Pioneer Sugar
Note: Uses beet sugar in the above product lines

Irish Sugar Ltd.,
Athy Road, Carlow, Ireland.
Tel: 0503-42551 Fax: 0503-42534
e-mail: information@irishsugar.ie
http://www.irish-sugar.ie/
Label: Siucra
Note: Irish company selling beet sugar

Monitor Sugar Company
2600 S. Euclid Avenue
Bay City, MI 48706
Phone: 989-686-0161
FAX: 989-686-2959
http://www.MonitorSugar.com/
Label: Big Chief
Note: Uses beet sugar

Refined Sugars Incorporated
One Federal St.
Yonkers, NY 10702
914-963-2400
Labels: Jack Frost, Country Cane, 4# Flow-Sweet
Note: Uses granular carbon filter instead of bone char

Sucanat
Wholesome Sweeteners
8016 Highway 90A
Sugar Land, Texas 77478
Phone: (281) 490 9582
Fax: (281) 275-3170
info@wholesomesweeteners.com
http://wholesomesweeteners.com/index.htm
WARNING: Some sucanat is made with honey

Note: An organic cane sugar product that is not very refined

Supreme Sugar Company (subsidiary of Archer Daniels Midland)
P.O. Box 56009
New Orleans, LA 70156
504-831-0901
Labels: Supreme, Southern Bell, Rouse's Markets

Sugar in the Raw
Cumberland Packing Corp.
2 Cumberland St., Brooklyn, NY 11205
info@sugarintheraw.com
http://www.sugarintheraw.com
Note: This is another less processed sugar and as a result does not need be filtered in the same way as white sugars


Companies verified as using bone char

Domino
1114 Ave. of the Americas
25th Fl.
New York, NY 10036
212-789-9700

Savannah Foods
P.O. Box 335
Savannah, GA 31402
912-234-1261

California & Hawaiian Sugar Company (C&H)
830 Loring Ave.
Crockett, CA 94525-1104
510-787-2121
Note: Washed Raw Sugar is not processed with bone char

 
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