Everyone knows sugar is bad for your health and your teeth. It’s not great for the environment either. The best thing to do is to cut down, but a diet devoid of sweetness isn’t going to make anyone happy. Switching to a natural sweetener can be a healthier choice but are they more sustainable? We took a look at the environmental footprint of four of the most popular options to see which one is the sweetest deal for the planet. Stevia Stevia is a popular natural sweetener because it’s powerfully sweet without any calories. Native to South America, stevia is now grown on multiple continents, with China the biggest producer . The production methods used in China, where sustainable agriculture is not widespread, are not well documented. Paraguay is the distant second-largest producer of stevia. There it has traditionally been grown by indigenous farmers, who have largely been left out of the $492 billion/year industry in a straightforward case of biopiracy . Sweden’s Real Stevia Company is one supplier that sources stevia from Paraguayan smallholders and processes it in Paraguay. Stevia is a relatively low-impact crop , requiring less land and fewer inputs than sugarcane or corn. Stevia extract […]

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