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We don't sell OO, and I had used one bag of it 10+ yrs. You don't really see it around St. Louis.@stlcharcoal
As a seller of both products, do you find my assessment accurate of OO & RW ? Thanks in advance.
There used to be a Vanguard episode available on Amazon Prime called "The Charcoal People" that documented the slave labor used in South American charcoal production. It didn't call out any specific companies or industries, but who knows where it was going.Skiddymarker said:I've always wondered about the forestry practices given it is made in Central America, but have heard nothing bad about the producers.
It will still give you a light smoke / charcoal taste, it's just not overpowering like some "charcoals". Some of these can overpower fish or poultry. Either way, if it's not enough for you, just throw in a chunk of smoke wood in the flavor of your choosing.
You don't know what kind of wood is in most bags of charcoal, especially the SA stuff. That smoke might be variety that is not of your liking (mesquite, hickory, etc.) So we give you a very flavor neutral smoke, and allow you to use your own wood to control the flavor and intensity.
It's more of a way to track you and your spending habits. They can analyze single transactions via cash, check, etc, but when you can tie all of those transactions together for a month, quarter, and year it becomes VERY valuable. Big companies pay major amounts of money for those stats, so giving someone some money back keeps it in-house. If you read the fine print, they can sell that data too.
In any case, it gets to be a brand loyalty issue too. If people see the "savings" every time they go somewhere because of that card, they might just go there every time rather than another place. In which case: more money, more data.
The regulations for using the word "Organic" are strict when it comes to food, clothing, or body care products. Past those, you can throw that word around all you want--there are no regulations, and no one to prove you wrong. It's all about how the product was farmed (use of fertilizers, hormones, pesticides, etc.) The trees that charcoal come from are not farmed, they're harvested from the forest. There's a 99.99% chance they just grew naturally and have never had a chemical touch them, but they're all 50-100 yrs old, so who knows.
Lump charcoal is "organic" in a sense..........but no more than the dump truck load of gravel I just bought for my road or the 3 yards of top soil for my garden.