Originally Posted by Kiwibird08
Unsustainable cultivation/harvesting practices and deforestation that is pushing native species to the brink of extinction (not just orangoutangs, though they are the most talked about).
I'm actually surprised there hasn't been more talk about this subject in the vegan community (that I've heard at least). I've been hearing about it for years in the avian community because it's super healthy for parrots and it's a big ol' controversy about whether or not you should be feeding it because of the environmental impact and if the "certified sustainable" sources are actually sustainable ext... It should be a topic of discussion in the vegan community as well because so many vegan products contain it. Also if companies like Cargill can really be trusted to harvest sustainably.
I agree! It isn't just in food, it is in shampoos, cleaning products, toiletries etc. And often disguised under different names.
And palm oil is not the only controversial plant substance. Cocoa, coffee, bananas, and cotton are others where ethical practices and sustainability are issues.
It can be a difficult subject for many because there are not always cheap alternatives for some of these products. Organic fair trade bananas for example can be very hard to find and much more expensive for someone on a tight budget. I buy fairtrade coffee but it costs way more than common brands. I'd love to give up coffee altogether but right now that is not happening lol.
Sometimes it is a matter of picking your battles and focusing on the most important issues to you, rather than striving to be perfect in every way. For many new vegans, it is overwhelming enough just learning the ins and outs of plant based living.
Awareness is definitely very important though! and ironically, in some situations, I believe the simpler one lives, the easier it will be to avoid supporting some nasty industries. There are natural rather than commercial alternatives to doing dishes, or washing hair, or cleaning your kitchen counter.