I think that a lot of people make choices regarding their food based, to some extent, on moral issues. If eating something is going to make you feel guilty, then absolutely don't eat it -- where I think I diverge from some applications of this principle, though, is that I believe that, while we may choose to INFORM others of the reasons that we eat -this-, but prefer not to eat -that-, it is RUDE to force our moral issues onto others' plates by demanding things like "legislation", etc., to force others to our brand of "food-think".
I have used coconut syrup, produced by a company that uses 1/3 of their trees to produce syrup and 2/3 to produce other coconut products. The trees that are being used for syrupare also being used to produce coconuts ON THE SAME TREE, using 6 month alternating production, despite the above-referenced article that says that it isn't possible or isn't being done.
That being said, I personally don't believe that coconut syrup is a solution to over-consumption of sugar for my body. I think the only way to truly heal from over-consumption of sugar is to spend time without eating sugar, including coconut sugar. However, coconut syrup has been a great boon for special treats like Yule Logs, birthday cakes, and wedding/anniversary cakes in our household. We'd already figured out how to make these kinds of things without refined flour -- so this was a natural "next step" for us.