I don't have any beef with vegans per se, but on this particular issue I think most of the alternatives are worse. People want strawberry drinks to be red. Red 40 comes from petroleum and allegedly causes hyperactivity. Starbuck's replacement dye comes from tomatoes which are mostly harvested with borderline slave labour.
The pay is miserable. When two growers offered to pay workers a penny a pound more, the Florida Tomato Growers Exchange told them they couldn’t do it; if they did, they would be fined $100,000. The workers live in squalid trailers with faulty plumbing. Child labor and other abuses are rampant.
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