Colorado Springs Vegan Events Message Board › Saying No To Palm Oil
The latest issue of VegNews digs deep into palm oil. Alarming! So much of the rainforest is being burned to make room for oil palm plantations and they are threatening the lives of Orangutans. I'm all about boycotting palm oil but am finding it frustrating because it's in so many products. Although we use oil and butter sparingly, they are something I'd like to omit entirely from our "diet" but we aren't quite there yet.
Here's Earth Balance's Statement (they are taking a stance):
I found a recipe online showing how to make your own palm oil-free butter but it calls for 1 cup of canola oil which isn't much better. From my understanding it's one of the top GMO products out there. Look for organic/non-gmo canola oil.
I recently found a new product out there called Melt. I've only seen the honey version at Whole Foods, not the original. Here's a Q&A I found on their website addressing canola oil BUT their product contains organic palm fruit oil as well! It does say it's a Fair Trade product so I assume they are buying from farmers who are environmentally friendly?
Here's an informative website: SAY NO TO PALM OIL
So, I'll be reading labels even more closely and hopefully one day can find a way to just omit the oils all together. I have found applesauce makes an okay oil replacer. In addition, I hope with this issue being given more attention, it will force companies to re-think who they buy from and hopefully consider removing it all together from their product thus, decreasing the current demand.
Edited by Shannon on Feb 1, 2013 7:39 PM
Colorado Springs, CO
The palm oil issue really is distressing.
I make Bryanna's homemade butter and it's delicious (it freezes well, too). I use organic canola oil. I've also made Mattie's butter recipe ( http://veganbaking.ne...) which is also very good but has a strong coconut taste.