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drpepperTX
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Message Posted: Jul 4, 2012 11:00:16 PM

A sudden demand for an obscure substance with an odd name — guar gum — has companies whose products range from vanilla ice cream to black gold checking Indian weather reports and their own bottom lines.
Guar is a plant grown mainly in northern India, where its seeds are harvested and developed into a gummy substance that long has been an ingredient in a host of foods, along with cosmetics, drugs, explosives, fire retardant and paper.
But the big bump in demand now stems from guar gum's role in the shale boom. It is a key component in the mix of sand, water and chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing — the process for extracting hydrocarbons from tight formations that has revolutionized oil and gas production.
Halliburton, the world's larg-est provider of hydraulic fracturing services,
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honda0105
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Message Posted: Jul 8, 2012 6:19:03 AM

I guess some folks could stand to eat less ice cream... maybe even shed a few pounds (or 50 or 100...).
honda0105
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Message Posted: Jul 7, 2012 8:52:46 AM

when will we learn that oil and gas are not edible and we are cutting our food supply with ever turn?
rabbit1976
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Message Posted: Jul 6, 2012 6:27:52 PM

ok
jerej829
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Message Posted: Jul 6, 2012 5:27:42 PM

Ok
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Message Posted: Jul 6, 2012 9:56:24 AM

ok
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Message Posted: Jul 6, 2012 6:00:09 AM

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MAC48
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Message Posted: Jul 5, 2012 11:35:27 PM

You mean to tell me that there is not an acceptable substitute for gar gum for use in the hydraulic fracturing process. Surely, the citizens of the world would be willing to pay a bit more for a substitute for gar gum rather than give up ice cream.
eblair54
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Message Posted: Jul 5, 2012 11:23:53 PM

Wow....so I have to choose between ice cream and gas? Well, I do need to lose weight anyway....
MountedShooter
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Message Posted: Jul 5, 2012 11:20:22 PM

Ok.
MidNJ
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Message Posted: Jul 5, 2012 11:17:07 PM

Make mine Cherry Vanilla (without guar gum) on hot days like these :)

[Edited by: MidNJ at 7/6/2012 12:19:09 AM EST]
miiike572
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Message Posted: Jul 5, 2012 11:09:35 PM

and we eat it.
bbthegun
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Message Posted: Jul 5, 2012 11:01:41 PM

There's a correlation that most people wouldn't expect.
wayoung56
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Message Posted: Jul 5, 2012 10:58:19 PM

Interesting article...
neemund
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Message Posted: Jul 5, 2012 10:57:49 PM

Thankfully for the people that use it, it's not necessarily a finite resource. Supply may be short for a period of time, but the increased demand will lead to an increase in production.

I've never used it when making ice cream, so I'm not sure what it adds to the mix.
danreino
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Message Posted: Jul 5, 2012 10:56:37 PM

Grow it here, or would that be dangerous in an invasive species way ?
Vette1967
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Message Posted: Jul 5, 2012 10:56:35 PM

Got it.
bvrbill
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Message Posted: Jul 5, 2012 10:56:02 PM

Someone will find an alternative. Too much money to be made.
whaboush
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Message Posted: Jul 5, 2012 10:55:39 PM

Great - another reason for ice cream prices to jump. As if the heat wasn't enough - :P
WBBNC
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Message Posted: Jul 5, 2012 10:52:22 PM

How about making ice cream without the ingredient!?
jerej829
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Message Posted: Jul 5, 2012 10:52:00 PM

ok
Chillywilly
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Message Posted: Jul 5, 2012 10:50:48 PM

Hope the demand for guar doesn't gum up the works.
SnickersDog
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Message Posted: Jul 5, 2012 10:50:40 PM

Can we get half & half oil and ice cream. one in the car the other in a bowl
lesndave
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Message Posted: Jul 5, 2012 10:47:01 PM

Well well well
crashintuc34
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Message Posted: Jul 5, 2012 10:45:41 PM

More ice cream, please.
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Message Posted: Jul 5, 2012 10:45:27 PM

interesting...never knew this
SpankyMI
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Message Posted: Jul 5, 2012 10:36:44 PM

Start looking for a substitute.
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Message Posted: Jul 5, 2012 10:32:42 PM

Ya can't have it all this time, Michelle Obama.
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Message Posted: Jul 5, 2012 10:32:17 PM

proficient
Matt G
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Message Posted: Jul 5, 2012 10:29:32 PM

Money
Focus2
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Message Posted: Jul 5, 2012 10:29:05 PM

There you go speculators! Jump on that and stop betting on a bad corn crop!
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Message Posted: Jul 5, 2012 10:27:50 PM

Tough news to swallow
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Message Posted: Jul 5, 2012 10:26:45 PM

ok
Buddy2264
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Message Posted: Jul 5, 2012 10:25:56 PM

I will be glad when oil is not our primary fuel. But I guess this affects natural gas production.
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Message Posted: Jul 5, 2012 10:25:53 PM

Make the drillers use KY instead.
soups5
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Message Posted: Jul 5, 2012 10:24:44 PM

no the icecream costs more cuz gas went up
REVLAW
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Message Posted: Jul 5, 2012 10:22:42 PM

So, is that why the price of ice cream has gone up?
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Message Posted: Jul 5, 2012 10:21:33 PM

Ok
divebomber
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Message Posted: Jul 5, 2012 10:19:31 PM

I DON'T CARE I EAT SHERBET
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Message Posted: Jul 5, 2012 10:16:02 PM

okay
cheapgaspleez
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Message Posted: Jul 5, 2012 10:12:28 PM

Hey! Guar gum is an important ingredient in the making of gluten free breads. It gives the dough elasticity in place of the evil wheat gluten, and I have a container in my fridge right now.

Leave it to sleazy Halliburton to take food out of peoples mouths in the name of oil.
Holly123
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Message Posted: Jul 5, 2012 10:12:07 PM

Go with homemade. I don't use guar gum.
36IHBinder
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Message Posted: Jul 5, 2012 10:10:21 PM

great now my ice cream will cost twice as much
carranco
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Message Posted: Jul 5, 2012 10:09:13 PM

So that's why the ice cream boxes have been shrinking. Bring back the half gallons.
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Message Posted: Jul 5, 2012 10:04:31 PM

Surprising!
96sc1
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Message Posted: Jul 5, 2012 10:03:49 PM

Guar gum is found in both explosives and fire retardant - how ironic
bullfrog69
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Message Posted: Jul 5, 2012 10:01:59 PM

Now just wait a fracking minute! My ice cream has no such ingrediants ,mine is all natural!
ExplorerWA
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Message Posted: Jul 5, 2012 10:01:58 PM

Just the name Halliburton makes the hair on the back of my neck stand up. They are in everything.
nimpy
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Message Posted: Jul 5, 2012 10:00:31 PM

They will figure out a substitute
TedNC
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Message Posted: Jul 5, 2012 9:59:46 PM

Guess they better stop fracking so I can have some ice cream.
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Message Posted: Jul 5, 2012 9:59:16 PM

Ok
walkingtall
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Message Posted: Jul 5, 2012 9:54:42 PM

Another reason to eat organic.
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