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18 December 2009 @ 05:12 pm
Organic chemistry: Ur doin it rong  
Organic Sugar

(What they mean, and what they explain on the back label, is that "our products' carbon emissions are offset by our production of renewable energy. Our power plant generates clean energy and produces enough electricity to power our sugar mill and refining operations, as well as tens of thousands of homes.")
Why pick one?: physics catworldmage on December 18th, 2009 10:30 pm (UTC)
That made me giggle.
guppiecatguppiecat on December 18th, 2009 10:32 pm (UTC)
Umm. Wow.
Janet Miles, CAP-OMjanetmiles on December 18th, 2009 10:35 pm (UTC)
Jon Reid: Corn Flakecrossfire on December 18th, 2009 10:34 pm (UTC)
Janet Miles, CAP-OMjanetmiles on December 18th, 2009 10:35 pm (UTC)
Shadow/Brookekengr on December 19th, 2009 12:49 am (UTC)
No, silicones contain carbon. You meant silicon-based. :-)
Peter Engdornbeast on December 19th, 2009 04:33 am (UTC)
Remember, silicone is used for an E-cup.
Buddha Buckblaisepascal on December 18th, 2009 10:51 pm (UTC)
The other bit is that cane sugar production has long been organic and virtually carbon-free for a long time. It's been standard to burn the canes as fuel to fire the boilers to make the sugar for years, so in effect they are trying to get credit for doing very little new.
The Evil Twingrey_evil_twin on December 18th, 2009 11:15 pm (UTC)
A lot of the waste from sugar cane production in Queensland is now being sent to the bio diesel place, rather than burned. So I get to happily run my car on sugar cane waste. This makes cane sugar even more fabulous.
dave wdaze39 on December 19th, 2009 12:30 am (UTC)
The weirdest use of "organic" I've encountered was on a jar of powdered clay for cosmetic use as a "mud pack" - the label read: "ingredients: organic bentonite"... now, of all of the uses of "organic" I've encountered, none of them apply: neither the general (derived from living matter), nor the agricultural (grown with natural fertilizer and no pesticides), nor the chemical (containing covalently bonded carbon in its molecular structure)... bentonite is pretty much pure silica (silicon dioxide), of mineral origin!
Shadow/Brookekengr on December 19th, 2009 12:52 am (UTC)
Oh, that sort of thing has been going on for decades. Back in the mid to late 80s, one of the then housemates bought some "phosphate free" laundry detergent.

I almost dies laughing when I checked the ingredients. It was tri-sodium phosphate!

Yes, I know the phosphates everybody worries about are *organo*-phosphates. But the housemate didn't. She hadn't even bothered to check the label.
Curious Stuffonelargecat on December 19th, 2009 02:04 am (UTC)
suzilemsuzilem on December 19th, 2009 03:21 am (UTC)
I love our community! :-)
Xiphias Gladiusxiphias on December 19th, 2009 04:20 am (UTC)
Johnjohnpalmer on December 21st, 2009 05:10 pm (UTC)
That reminds me of kyra_ojosverdes's discovery of scoopable cat litter with a label telling the consumer that it's certified as "safe for use around pets"!
Janet Miles, CAP-OMjanetmiles on December 21st, 2009 05:40 pm (UTC)
One would hope so!