Your company, ‘In the Raw,’is responsible for harvesting sugar cane in the fields of Maui, Hawaii. During the harvest season your workers burn roughly 400 acres per week, adding harmful amounts of CO2 to the atmosphere leading to poor overall air quality on the island. Moreover, the smoke from these scorched fields damages the lungs of your workers as well as their children and countless other Maui residents.
We care about the environment and will no longer stand for you to mistreat such a beautiful tract of Hawaiian land. Prove to us that you also value our planet by vowing to implement no-burn harvesting in Maui by 2017. We want to be able to enjoy our beverages sweetened by your products knowing that we aren't contributing to respiratory health problems and climate change!
This petition closed over 4 years ago
The sweetener company 'In the Raw' prides itself on its all-natural alternative to processed sugar; its main product, "Sugar in the Raw," can be found in almost any coffee shop nationwide....
The sweetener company 'In the Raw' prides itself on its all-natural alternative to processed sugar; its main product, "Sugar in the Raw," can be found in almost any coffee shop nationwide. However, the sugar cane used to create this product is sourced from Maui, where the company is notorious for its controversial agricultural practices. Most egregiously, its workers harvest from 35,000 acres on the small island by burning cane fields, releasing massive amounts of CO2 into the atmosphere, depleting the beautiful landscape, and contributing to serious respiratory problems for Maui residents.
Most of the world's largest sugar producers have already transitioned to more sustainable methods of sugarcane cultivation. Using more efficient machinery both reduces the manual labor (workers who might otherwise be subjected to harmful smoke) and the overall environmental impact. It's time that 'In the Raw' followed the industry trend towards greener practices and committed to adopting a no-burn harvesting policy in Maui from now on.