Did you know that orangutan means “person of the forest”?
Did you know that they are endangered?
Do you know why?
Unfortunately, deforestation and other human activities, have placed the orangutan in danger of extinction.
Those activities include destroying rainforests for wood to make paper and furniture and once the land is cleared it is used to grow palm oil, which is an ingredient contained in alot of foods.
Baby orangutans are also taken from their moms to be sold as PETS.
Orangutans are highly intelligent!
Did you know that they can learn sign language?
We should understand that instead of destroying nature we should preserve it.
Be more conscious on your own choices.
Think twice before buying something. Cosume wisely.
But basically the TL;DR version is palm oil, while technically a vegan ingredient, is avoided by many vegans because its cultivation causes habitat loss and species extinction on a massive scale. It has also been responsible for widespread human rights abuses and displacing of indigenous peoples from their homelands. There are brands that claim to source their palm oil in a sustainable manner, however the regulations for certification are very lax.
Unfortunately, palm oil is a lot harder to avoid because it’s in so many things, and is labelled under many different names.
I’ve been vegan for 5 years but I think lots of vegans exaggerate about palm oil.
I understand that they care about the destruction , but their way of going about “educating” is so rude and classist.
It’s something that’s way easer to avoid if you have the money to buy lots of whole foods, but a poor vegan who’s surviving on processed foods is going to take whatever they can, because it’s hard enough being vegan in a poor area to begin with, let alone with trying to avoid a product that’s in ALL food, not just accidentally vegan food.
I know that their intentions are good for animals, but I really wish there was more unity in the community instead of shitting on poor people for trying to get by. Why put so much pressure on 0.5% of the population when they’ve made it clear that they’re trying their hardest?
So if you’re a (poor) vegan who doesn’t make palm oil a priority, don’t feel bad about yourself and don’t let those snobs make you feel bad either. The world will stop using palm oil in time, but it’s not your fault that it’s happening and continuing. You’d be destroying so many more animal habitats if you weren’t vegan at all.
You’re already doing so much to help the world by limiting your water usage, reducing the amount of land it takes to raise animals, reducing the amount of land that it takes to grow food for animals, and basically doing a shit load already while you focus on maintaining veg. Good job.
As many of you may know, Daiya was recently bought out by Otsuka, a Japanese pharmaceutical company. As a pharmaceutical company, they engage in vivisection, aka animal testing. Obviously, this purchase been very controversial in the vegan community. Some vegans are supportive of any decision made to help make veganism more mainstream and easily accessible. Some vegans are torn about how they feel. Other vegans are pissed off and boycotting Daiya. That’s fine, that’s their choice. What’s not fine is attacking other vegans that continue to purchase Daiya. To be clear, this is not because “it’s their personal choice”. This is because of speciesism and hypocrisy.
These companies don’t fund animal testing like Otsuka. However, none of them are vegan, so all of them fund animal agriculture. If you don’t personally buy things from them, good for you. However, if you lash out at people for continuing to purchase Daiya, but you give people that support the companies I listed a free pass, what you are saying is that you think that vivisection is significantly worse than animal agriculture. The whole point of veganism is that there’s not one form of animal exploitation that’s any better or worse than another. If you are truly vegan, you reject speciesism and you believe that both animal agriculture and vivisection are equally evil.
I’m not a fan of attacking people in the first place, but if you’re going to do it, you better go after everyone that deserves it according to your logic.
**I have seen vegans attack people for purchasing Earth Balance, but only because it contains palm oil, never because of their parent company.
Rarely do I buy crackers in a market. Either I can’t find organic, vegan, or they contain palm oil.
No matter, this small hiccup has just led me to explore the wonderful and crunchy world of cracker recipes. I’ve made several cracker recipes before, but this easy 7 ingredient recipe is by far the best.
1 cup organic chickpea flour 4 T filtered water 2 T organic extra virgin olive oil 1 t organic dill 1 t organic oregano 1 t organic onion powder ½ t sea salt
Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
Line a large baking sheet with unbleached parchment paper; set-aside.
Combine all the ingredients in a large bowl, mix until a soft dough forms.
Roll dough out as thin as possible on a piece of unbleached parchment paper. To cut the crackers out, I used the rim of a very small glass. You can also use cookie cutters or free form for a more rustic look.
Bake 10 minutes, or until crackers are slight browned. Remove from oven and flip each cracker; bake another 10 minutes or until slightly browned.
How are vegan cookies gonna have palm oil in them? Like, ur gonna contribute to the extinction of orangutans (& other critically endangered species) due to habitat destruction by replacement w/ palm plantations…. but as long as you don’t have to eat the animals it’s all good, right?
And don’t even get me started on the abuse of native peoples within the palm oil industry.
On the fringes of the cheese world, a quest for non-dairy cheese that tastes like the real thing has been underway for years.
Products made mostly of soy protein or coagulated palm oil, often heavily processed and artificially flavored, have dominated the (very) narrow vegan cheese section of the supermarket. But these products have long underwhelmed the palate with their thin flavor and reluctance to melt on a hot pizza.
Now, as lactose intolerance and environmental and animal welfare concerns about livestock production drive more interest in alternatives to animal products, a new generation of non-dairy cheese makers is doing something novel: They’re actually making cheese.
I have another question about the morals of veganism and such. I hope this doesn't come off as rude or something, I don't know how else to ask. But I'm trying to be vegan, it's really hard (the dairy part is the hard part for me, i don't really like meat that much) and my mind is very obsessive. Like I have to question every detail, I have to have an answer for every doubt (not that you have to answer them all). I just don't know how it's possible to live 100% vegan. The house/buildings you live
in are destroying animals’ spaces and ecosystems. I mean, there’s roadkill all the time, animals are having less and less places to live. I just don’t understand. What can we do about our houses, cars, phones? I’m also an artist, and i know some of the paint I use is toxic. No matter how you dispose of it, that product is ruining the earth by just existing. Batteries, paper, plastic. You know? I think humans shouldn’t exist if we truly want to give animals their rights. It’s making me anxious! I’m sorry about my asks, if they are too much. ;s
These asks are certainly not too much. You really are asking the right questions though. It’s not rude at all, and these are things that every vegan comes to find out at one point or another - it’s not possible to be 100% vegan. Just our existence on the earth is going to impact someone somewhere. However, it is possible to be about 99% vegan, it just takes a lot of research in the beginning. For example, I found out that tires have an animal by-product in them called stearic acid. However, Michelin makes a tire that does not contain this. Palm oil is another example - while the product itself is vegan, the methods used to obtain it are often very brutal, as the workers on palm oil plantations usually have to cut down large swaths of rainforest and kill orangutans that like to eat the palm fruit. You just have to adopt a mindset that involves trying to reduce your harm as much as possible. I know that varies for everyone. I’ve heard that some Buddhist monks will go onto a plot of land where a new temple is going to be built and will carefully remove every worm and insect on that land before building. You may instead just opt to live in an apartment or rent/buy a house that’s already been built, rather than buying land and developing it. Always try to buy recycled paper and make sure to recycle everything you can/properly dispose of it. Try to avoid disposable products. Products like phones/computers/cars etc. are usually best bought used if you want to avoid funding industries that may be using non-vegan products or practices. As far as art supplies are concerned this link might help you. Sorry if this is all coming at you kind of rapid fire. The main thing to remember is that by not directly funding the meat, dairy, egg, leather, wool, fur, etc. industries you are already helping tremendously. And many of these other random products like stearic acid in tires, bone char in white sugar, etc. wouldn’t exist in the first place if the meat/dairy/egg industries didn’t exist.
I’m including a list of links that you may find very useful in answering some of these questions that I may not have answered very well. I just know many vegans find these useful. These are must-see resources for any aspiring vegan.
contextualize this question in why you care, in how my eating habits affect your life (do i know you?), if you care to know at all how i feel abt veganism, if you care to know at all abt how white vegan culture has chewed me up and spat me out, whose standards you’re holding me to, for instance do you consider honey unethical, but not sugarcane sugar? do you eat quinoa and other neo-‘superfoods’ whose theft leaves the original owners ravaged by colonialism? do you consider palm oil and chocolate vegan? in whatever standards you’re holding me to, where does cultural preservation and integrity stand in relative importance to strict veganism of the first-world persuasion? do you have different standards for third-world animal consumption and first-world factory farming? after these clarifications come back w a msg that convinces me that this isn’t a selfish, superficial question. unless of course the only important thing to you abt veganism is BEING vegan, then pls don’t bother
Why do meat eaters care about deforestation, palm oil and the environment, also the amount of plants used to feed vegans, yet not understand, that by consuming dairy and milk, you’re actually more of a problem than us.
It’s so annoying when people are like “I’m cutting out palm oil because of deforestation” then tucking in to their fish or chicken.