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A shortage of guar, a legume used in food and drink such as ice cream and chocolate milk, could...

A shortage of guar, a legume used in food and drink such as ice cream and chocolate milk, could put the brakes on the boom in drilling for shale gas. Guar is a crucial ingredient in the fracking process, sending global demand and prices for the bean-like vegetable soaring.
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  • youngman442002
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    Learn something everyday.....Guar...never heard of it and I am on old farmer...
    25 Nov 2011, 08:18 AM Reply Like
  • davidingeorgia
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    I had heard of it - related to its use in ice cream and other foods - but had no idea it was used in fracking, too. Do guar futures trade anywhere? :-)
    25 Nov 2011, 08:25 AM Reply Like
  • SA Editor Yigal Grayeff
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    Guar is apparently ubiquitous but is so low profile that the government only counts it once every five years and doesn't insure or subsidize it. In addition, there is no U.S. futures market for the crop.
    27 Nov 2011, 12:04 AM Reply Like
  • Jason Tillberg
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    I make my own ice cream.. no gaur, no cellulose, certainly no high fructose corn syrup. Once you can make a good ice cream from scratch, you'll never want to buy store bought again.
    25 Nov 2011, 08:31 AM Reply Like
  • youngman442002
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    What is a it a filler for the vegetable oil ice creams???? Does it make Hot Chocolate "thick???
    25 Nov 2011, 08:43 AM Reply Like
  • Jason Tillberg
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    http://bit.ly/sPMYlf

     

    Guar gum is a water-soluble fiber that acts as a bulk forming laxative...
    25 Nov 2011, 09:06 AM Reply Like
  • vesuvan
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    I think you mean 'put the brakes on' not breaks: whole different meaning.
    25 Nov 2011, 09:53 AM Reply Like
  • Ocean Man
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    What is the 3X ETF for Guar?
    25 Nov 2011, 10:08 AM Reply Like
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