Common conception is that all sugar's made from cane, that it grows on massive plantations and is grown and harvested by merry slaves.
Less attractive is the reality: much of our sugar comes from sugar beets. They're tough suckers, and they look (duh) like any other type of beet. With one important difference: whilst raw, they are nasty and inedible.
My grandma used to live on a farm where they were grown. Now she lives in the shadow of a factory which processes them. It puts off an odor similar to that of human flatulence.
One Thanksgiving two cousins and I were wandering through a barren field on the farm, and we found a sugar beet full of teeth marks that seemed human.
Odd indeed, because as I said, the damn things cannot be eaten.

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