"Sugar in the Raw"(tm) Please Harvest Cane w/o Burning
Dear "Sugar in the Raw" folks,
We who buy your product care about the environment. And we'd like to know that you care too. When you burn the cane fields on Maui, it adds to the CO2 and worsens climate change. And the smoke from your burning is damaging the lungs of your workers, your workers' children and the residents of Maui.
We love your product and want you to change to no-burn harvesting so we can continue to buy it, knowing we aren't contributing to Global Warming and lung disease.
Why is this important?
"Sugar in the Raw"(tm) a popular "natural" product from Maui is created using controversial agricultural practices. Most egregiously, HC&S (the company that makes it) harvests their sugarcane by burning it. With 35,000 acres on a small island, this results in a massive release of CO2 and choking smoke which is damaging residents' health.
Sugarcane can be harvested without burning (as is done in most of the world) and we would like HC&S to stop cane burning now.