The Vegan Option
In Railcraft, Saltpeter Ore is found just below the surface in hot, dry biomes. It is found in large clusters, and usually has one or two blocks visible from the surface. Saltpeter is interesting in that it will respawn over time, if there is a Saltpeter Ore Spawner somewhere below it, and if there is at least 3 layers of sand above it. Saltpeter Ore Spawners look identical to Bedrock.