Porchlight

Today I started my volunteering for Porchlight. This charity mainly deals with homelessness but in quite a broad way. What I gathered today is that in this one area (which is called Live Well Kent) Porchlight have joined forces with Shaw Trust and work under the Kent County Council (KCC) and the NHS to provide support for people whether this be with housing, employment or even just finding a social circle of friends.

We were meant to have about 5 or 6 appointments today but only 2 men turned up. I won’t repeat why they came but it is clear that there are a lot of people who need help either a lot of a little. And I need to learn to be very neutral in my interactions. It is hard not to have judgements or to agree and disagree but that will be my job. To simply listen, to note and to refer.

I shadowed a lovely girl called Gemma, who is currently the ‘Community Link Worker’ but will leave soon to return to university and in her place will be a young guy so I hope by the time he comes in I understand it all a little better.

I will be working with them on a Wednesday in Tunbridge Wells and a Friday in Tunbridge.

Age UK

Today I did my first volunteering day at Age UK. I plan to do a day volunteering on a Tuesday at the Dementia centre and a Thursday afternoon in the social day care centre.

Today was the social day care which meant everyone was there to ‘get out of the house’ shall we say. We provided them with teas, coffees, lunch and the occasional conversation. Today was one of the hottest days of the year so it was quite uncomfortable for everyone and I think some were regretting their decision to come today but, it was nice to know there is a place to come to interact.

I was praised for ‘getting on with it’ and felt it went well although at first I felt a little out of sorts. I think that people develop a tough skin in these environments and that is something I have to work on if I am going to be a Social Worker.

I do think charities like Age UK are extremely important though and I wish all elderly people had access to the service.-there is a cost involved in the food preparations and transport etc that the elderly people have to cover themselves and I presume that this is quite difficult for some people to afford.

All-in-all a good day and hope that I make a difference to people and garner valuable skills from this volunteering.

A Year of Volunteering

Good morning WordPress it has been a while. I haven’t written for so long and yet I quite like writing-you can say it all on one sheet of paper and no one-ok everyone- can judge you.

After moving to the UK-which we did in July 2015- I decided not be a journalist after applying and being accepted into the UWE in Bristol. This was a big moment for me as being accepted on the merit of my interview was incredibly ego boosting but then I got to thinking of money (lack of) and timing and it all was just not right. My American husband got a teaching job in Kent and so here we live.

I have quit my job as a Talent Acquisition Consultant-Fancy-and applied to work with 3 charities, Porchlight, a homeless charity. Age UK, a charity for the elderly, and MIND for those with mental health issues. Porchlight and Age UK have been extremely interested in the fact that I would like to be a Social Worker and said that they would take full advantage of this which means I will be busy but also, hopefully have doors opened for me.

I am in a precarious situation at the moment, the University of Kent have advised me that with a 2:2, this year (as in NOW) may be the last year that they can be flexible and I can be accepted onto the programme. After much thought and getting ready to apply today I have decided that it is worth the risk. I have committed to these 3 charities and want to continue with the original plan.

I would like to document my year as this may be a good way to prove my willing and commitment to carving a career in Social Care.

The Right Thing to Do

I have been lacking on the blogging front and finding the time and energy to write has been incredibly challenging. I find myself working 9-8 some days and trying to make sure I eat well and get things done around the house is proving harder than expected.
Luckily, my husband and I will be moving to the UK soon and although busy at first, we will be settling in to a nice routine and for a whole year my only job will be to study journalism and write !

Having said all this I never neglect reading the news and listening to podcasts and the vegan podcast I listen to is Our Hen House.
It is fabulous. An American, lesbian couple talking about being vegan and animal welfare and me agreeing with everything they say..amazing !
This week they mentioned the St. Patricks’ Pig Wrestling event that was held at a church in Wisconsin. (Also mentioned here)
And so I talk about the next question in my vegan survey;
Q4 Are you spiritual or/and religious and does this have an impact on your choice to be vegan?

I was brought up in a Christian home, going to church every Sunday and leading the fight for God. I was also the butt of many jokes in my small village because not many other children went to church anymore, I hated it every Sunday but I was a faithful believer.
When I started traveling I found the experience of meeting atheists uncomfortable, I wouldn’t preach at all but when they said things I felt awkward and shifted in my seat until someone changed the subject.
Then I met a Canadian man who went on to be my boyfriend for 2 years. He had a cross tattooed on his back and proclaimed that if I didn’t believe in God we weren’t meant to be; ah my eyes shone as I had met my knight in shining armour.
I finally felt comfortable in my faith with a person who went on to verbally abuse me while sucking on a bucket of chicken wings from KFC and laughing at any notion of feminism and vegetarianism.
There was an obvious flaw.

It seems to me that although there are many beautiful people of faith-my mother included-religion can and does put humans on a higher pedestal than other species.
It teaches many that animals do not have souls, that they are not capable of things as we are, that they cannot worship and are therefore are here, purely, for whatever purpose humans need them to be here for.
I believe there are very few Christians who will become vegan and I find this irrational and irritating. If God put animals on earth just to be our entertainment, our food, our clothing then why would he give them the ability to feel pain? And if there is a God and he gave animals to be our entertainment, our food, our clothing and gave them the feeling of pain, why do we worship him as a loving God?

On the podcast they reported how the church in Wisconsin has finally banned their annual pig wrestling event. An event that mocks the basic notion of Christian love and gentleness.

A small group of people-often children it seems- wrestle and chase a pig within an allocated area to cheering spectators, the pig has been oiled up to be slippery and if they get the pig and throw him into a large container they then get a prize, the pig itself.

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A quote from the church’s website:
“After much prayer and many hours of discussion, we realize that what we had for 44 years in the Original Pig Rassle was memorable, legal and great family fun. We also realize that our parish and diocesan talents could be better spent in areas that are less controversial. It is with great regret that we have discontinued the Original Pig Rassle, we are however, very excited to begin this new tradition at St. Patrick Parish. ”

Family fun is how they -the orators of God- call an event that can only be described as cruel and miserable for the pig who has no idea what is being done to them and then, of course, meets the same fate as the majority of pigs do-slaughter.

This is a small insight into my personal journey to atheism and seeing deep flaws with the concept of religion and veganism.
Yet, I have found a little flicker of light at the end of the tunnel as I have realised my mother is part of a Facebook group: ‘Christian vegans’. Woohoo!!

Other vegans that I asked answered as follows;
Genesis 1:29: ‘And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat’
This person separated their reason for being vegan from their religion but obviously feels that God specifically designed us to be herbivore.
As proven in this video:

Another vegan believes that harming any aspect of nature for selfish reasons has a detrimental effect on our own state of inner wellbeing, spiritually.
This seems like a fair analysis since how can we consciously be at peace if we fill our body with death, pain, and fear?

Is religion just the intention to be good? Do we really need religion to tell us the difference from right or wrong? As humans we always pride ourselves on being of higher intelligence than of other animals and yet we need to be told what is right or wrong.No other species commits sins the same way we do, no other species hurts another intentionally and without desperate circumstances, or natural instinct. We are the only species that deals with a system that forces people to trample on others and become greedy as a way to prove success.

My hope is that, whether you became vegan because you feel a spiritual connection to nature, because you looked beyond what you were taught and realised that God wants you to be caring to all of his creatures, or neither then you can at least see that being vegan is the right thing to do.

 

Vegans on the Box

My husband and I love TV, not the stupid adverts or the right wing/left wing bickering news programmes regurgitating people’s lives as entertainment but the impressively ridiculous world that is TV series’. So much more intelligent!

What I love most about them now is when my husband and I turn our heads to each other in delirious, nonsensical excitement when the word or the idea of ‘veganism’ comes up.
If you are not vegan (even if you are) and you think that is particularly tragic I would hasten to agree with you but, oh boy the joy!!

Veganism has been around since Donald Watson coined the term in the forties however, it hasn’t always had much positive press although as I and many others say ‘any press is good press’.
In our life time, in this generation things are becoming more vegan friendly, we exist as a people and as an entity, we still are seen by a lot of people as freaks, weirdos, or downright extremists but the TV is being a lot more cautious towards us and realising that we may just be 1% but as we all know 1% can rule the world.

Recently we have started watching ‘The Blacklist’ now we are a little behind since we rely on the internet and didn’t even know this show existed until recently and so, we haven’t actually reached the episode that focuses on poaching as described by this article however, in a season 1 episode James Spader’s character couldn’t help attributing someone’s pale complexion to his obvious lack of protein: ‘He isn’t a vegan is he?’
As a vegan that whole protein thing is redundant but we got so excited that he actually said the word, that the word is becoming so commonplace that we forgave Mr. Spader for his lack of fact-checking. Feeding stereotypes or not, for now I will take any recognition. I live in Korea; ‘veganism’ is not a word that anyone knows of.

Another show that regularly targets animal issues and hints at veganism (although when I last watched it, it had only danced around the notion of vegetarianism) is ‘Bones’ thanks to the wonderfully influential main character, Emily Deschanel.
Bones is shown on Fox, a tv channel that makes some people’s hair stand on end. Owned my Rupert Murdoch a man who has been in the spotlight for his notorious political views and most infamously for hacking people’s ‘phones (including murdered schoolgirl Milly Dowler) in the name of ‘journalism’.
I don’t think I would be out-of-line in believing that Mrs. Deschanel wouldn’t agree with most of Murdoch’s ethics and yet money talks and being such a hugely successful show Murdoch has yet to cut the ties. Bones continues to influence people towards a more compassionate way of living. 

My husband likes ‘Gotham’ I have to admit I am not a fan, too dark and dismal for my taste but, I am jumping for joy and raising its ratings when it mentions veganism.
Poison Ivy shouts to someone preparing food for her ‘don’t forget I am a vegan’.
Some people may be confused by this since she controls plants and her aim in life is to save the world’s plant life by any means necessary- *ahem as my husband explained to me- but, actually, by not eating meat she is consuming less plants than if she wasn’t a vegan.
Check out point 1 here.

The rise of veganism in mainstream media, whether a punch line or not is raising eyebrows and promoting thought. We need more and more people to become acquainted with the notion that we are a group of people that integrate and exist and spend our Saturday nights watching the same things as a meat-eater would. We deserve to have room in the box and we deserve to be acknowledged.

I will continue to listen out for any more references with the same excitement as a dog at dinner time and punch the air when a salad is served over a steak.

Lights…camera…action….

 

 

 

The Good the Bad, and the Ugly

Q2&Q3
What is the best and worst parts of your vegan lifestyle?

Lifestyle by definition is the interests, opinions, behaviors, and behavioral orientations of an individual, group, or culture.

Is Veganism a lifestyle?
It is certainly my interest, my opinion and my behaviour. Everything I do in my life is styled around Veganism but I have been told in one of the survey answers that I shouldn’t coin veganism as a lifestyle and I am not sure why but I could guess that maybe lifestyle undermines the very importance of veganism?
I would definitely never desire to take away anything from the importance of veganism.

So to clarify, I should have asked;
What is the best and worst aspects of being a vegan?

Personally, the best thing is discovering the truth about everything. Veganism could be metaphorically described as climbing up a ladder, each rung is a new piece of knowledge a new ‘aha’ moment.
I was a vegetarian for 11 years purposely oblivious to the cruel dairy industry and the negative effects that dairy was having on my health.
When I knew/let myself know I could no longer ignore that cows were suffering and I became a vegan, along with my husband, in 2012. I felt that I had advanced a step, I knew more and better still I had acted on it.
Later I became more knowledgable about the actual ingredients in my products and then I made the conscious decision to make ethical choices (ingredients and company wise) when buying anything and everything from clothes to toothpaste.

What other vegans have said in regards the best parts of being vegan, ranges from simply being healthier, to the excitement of finding new vegan food, to feeling complete inner peace. A sense of balance in mind and body. Before becoming a vegan most know that it is the right thing to do especially if they have already stopped eating meat but so many obstacles are thrown up in terms of socialising and accessibility.
However, once you commit yourself then you are on the road less traveled, the right side of justice, no longer complicit in the heinous industrial animal complex.

As Gene Baur, owner of The Farm Sanctuary in America, said on The Daily Show last week;
There is not much we control in our lives but what we eat is one of the things we can.
http://thedailyshow.cc.com/videos/izcphg/gene-baur?utm=share_twitter

‘Veganism frees me from a basic fear’.

The worst part for me about being a vegan is what I also said in the positive part, I can not buy many things without putting a lot of thought and effort into it. I am not perfect, and as I have said before veganism is actually not about being perfect it is about facing the reality that no one is but it hurts when I can’t get things right. I am much more sensitive to what I consume and purchase and I feel I always have eyes on me.

People who are not vegan find it very difficult to understand the concept and there is much hostility towards those who are.
I have had people attack me for buying a smart phone, even though I am pretty sure they had one, because they believe I care for animals more than people.
The fact is I care for both, if the world transitioned to a plant-based diet less people would die of starvation because the crops used to feed livestock could be used for human consumption.
I do not buy from certain companies such as Nike or Primark because I know they are notorious for their human rights issues but that doesn’t matter I am vegan and if I step out of line it is noted.

I have been judged a lot for my diet by those I know as well as strangers. I have been goaded and unfairly attacked usually when I am trying to peacefully eat a meal, it has caused awkwardness and heartache and it has taken a long time for me to be strong and to stand by who I am.
Plus knowing the facts about what animals go through on a second- to- second basis is not easy, ‘ignorance is certainly bliss’.

Others have said that veganism can prove to be a lonely journey especially if you haven’t found any active vegan groups or friends to talk with.
Buying products can often prove to be a headache especially when traveling and requires much time and energy researching and eating out can also be difficult or disappointing. Spending time with friends and family eating has become such a huge part of human society that we often feel that we are missing out on these moments however, as Jonathan Safron Froer quoted in ‘Eating Animals’;

How much do I value creating a socially comfortable situation, and how much do I value acting socially responsible?

*Thanks to all who helped with the survey*

Give them Words.

I don’t know why he dealt me this card,
No sun, No purity, No love, No life.

I want to have been born for more than this,
If this is it then please, take it back.

I had joy just once, when I suckled my babes
but they were snatched, lost to me.

I have misplaced it all and yet I never found it.

I don’t understand the pain I am delivered,
I vow that I did no wrong.

It seems it is time to go.

I have lain here forever and a day,
Unable to exercise my soul.
Now I am moving, they are taking me to another place.

I am excited, my heart beats,
It may all just begin today…

The Perfect Imperfection.

About a month ago I decided to create a survey to ask vegans some questions so I could try and find out two main things:

  1. A) Is there only a particular type of person that will become a vegan?
    B) Has religion-or lack of-anything to do with it?

Then I went a little crazy and found out so many other things that I decided to split the answers into separate blog posts (clever me).

Q1: What does veganism mean to you?
Personally, I never really think of myself as vegan, I just think of myself as a person trying to do the best they can with what they know.
Have you heard the joke about being able to spot a vegan because they will surely tell you?
Yeah well, I don’t volunteer it to anyone, well except for writing it all over my blog and social media of course 😉
Don’t get me wrong people know I am a vegan but, I don’t converse much about it because I fear that as soon as I do an automatic wall goes up and I become isolated and a source of awkwardness. If people ask me to my face then I will never lie but, I find it hard to introduce the topic so, that joke is just another excuse to demonise vegans and make us look like something we are not.

When I read through the survey answers of these questions I found out a little about Donald Watson, the Vegan Society founder.
A man who coined the term ‘Vegan’, taking it from the beginning and the end of ‘Vegetatian’ since a vegan usually starts as a vegetarian and then takes it to its logical conclusion.
A peaceful British man who saw the beauty and possibility in Veganism: ‘It would be the greatest revolution ever known’.

All of the answers I received for this question were full of peace and passion which is, of course, the backbone of veganism: We oppose violence by definition.

Yet the answers did vary.
‘Veganism is my life’, was one and another said that being vegan is not a religion or an obsession but simply a choice between using animals and not, comparable to choosing to live in the city or the country.
Both cannot be argued with (by me at least) when one becomes a vegan one is not obsessed with being different but life automatically becomes different:
Where can I eat? What shall I wear? What toothpaste can I use? Where can I buy lipstick? Do my friends like me anymore?

Realising that other vegans exist and wade in the same pool as me really helped me think with clarity. I especially recognised the main answer to this question being that vegans live without worry of purposely exploiting animals and causing them pain.

As vegans we make mistakes, it isn’t about being perfect but actually the realisation that none of us are.
If I eat or use something, later realising that it wasn’t vegan I do not chastise myself or beat my head against a wall I just add it to the list of never-again products.
I remember being pounced upon when I ate something which I later found out had dairy in it. The fact that the ‘pouncer’ took great delight in my failing was both hurtful and ridiculous: If I eat an animal product accidentally should I then quit being a vegan and eat steaks to my hearts content?
It makes no sense and sincerely very few anti-vegan arguments do.

The basic point that underlines all the answers was the determination to end a personal responsibility towards the abuse of animals.
Realising, also, that the environment around belongs to animals as well as humans and destruction of it can be slowed down by a vegan diet.
*Deforestation
*Habit loss
*Climate Change
These are all words used in the argument for a vegan lifestyle (not a diet).

Veganism is a revolutionary idea that can literally change the world as we know it.
It is an effort to be better and more compassionate and I as I strive to be prouder of my label I will continue to accept my failed perfection, well my cats still love me for it anyway 😉

*Thank you to all those who helped with the survey*

 

Great Balls of Tofu

Living in Korea as a vegan hasn’t been impossible but it also hasn’t been as easy as it is in other parts of the world. I don’t want to ever complain too much because at the end of the day it is just a ‘first world problem’ but my husband and I do get a little down when we have to cook all the time and usually the same things that taste the same.

We work from 9-6/7 so the day is basically gone when we get home and then we have to cook, GAH!

Recently, I have really tried to dust off my apron (which I don’t actually own) and be more productive in the kitchen coming up with things that will tantalise our tastebuds.

And I came up with a recipe…a good recipe…actually a great recipe 🙂

Bear in mind I am not a cook by any means and I hope that this recipe will be as enjoyable to others as it is to us but, if it is not, please forgive and tweak and twerk to make it better and better~

Ingredients
Tofu – something we have a huge abundance of living in Korea, I used a 340g organic pack.

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1/4 cup of nutritional yeast -more or less depending on how much you love it!
1/4 cup of Buckwheat flour-I only had buckwheat at hand and it is gluten-free so win/win but I am sure any other flour would be fine.
1 teaspoon of parsley
1/2 cup of cooked quinoa
2 tablespoons of soy sauce or less depending on the strength of the salty taste you like( I was using Bragg’s liquid aminos but just read it is chemically created so stick with soy or Tamari BLAH)

Cook the quinoa (a rice cooker is the best thing ever if you can invest in one).
Drain the tofu by placing a large saucepan of water on top of it for about 15-30 mins and then crumble into a bowl.

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Add parsley and soy (and any other spices you can think of trying).
Add yeast, flour, quinoa, and mix.
Make into balls as demonstrated and cook on a low heat in a frying pan of oil until brown.

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Makes about 10-12 depending on size.

Add to spaghetti and enjoy (I hope).

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Cries of the Rainforest

Have you ever felt like this Bradley Cooper lookalike?
Stressing to the brink of a nervous breakdown that everything you buy, everything you love, everything you need isn’t ethical?
No? God you are lucky!

Palm oil is probably the most infamous oil right now and for some it sets off a niggling feeling that they shouldn’t be buying it but it is in everything so what can one do?
Actually that wasn’t too far from my head space most of the time on this issue:Palm Oil is in 50% of supermarket products and this includes everything from washing powder to ice cream to toothpaste to shampoo as well as a ton of packaged foods.

Palm Oil is also not always labelled ‘Palm Oil’ on the ingredients list it actually has over 200 alternative names and they can be legally used by companies who, of course, take full advantage of this.

However, luckily for those in the EU a recent legislation has abolished synonyms and ordered companies to label a product for what it is.
Unluckily for those in the EU we consume over 6.6 million tonnes of Palm Oil compared to 1.2 million tonnes consumed by the USA.

Some articles that I read were so saturated with difficult and sometimes incomprehensible vocabulary and phrasing that it is little wonder people with full-time jobs or busy schedules don’t fully realise the terrible things that are happening because of this oil.

I will try and make this post as clear and easy to digest as possible so that we can all be fully mindful of the terrible devastation that is caused by the use of Palm Oil.

What is Palm Oil?

Palm Oil is an edible vegetable oil taken from the pulp of the fruit of the oil palm trees originally from Africa but exported to South East Asia in the 20th century. During the British Industrial Revolution the demand for Palm Oil started to grow significantly as the oil was used in anything from candle-making to industrial lubricants.

The demand began at approximetely 250,000 tonnes annually rising to 60,000,000 tonnes used today.

Palm Oil is cheap, versatile -demonstrated in the numerous products that it is in today- and a huge amount of Palm Oil can be produced: From 1 hectare of land approximately 3.82 tonnes of oil can be produced per year.
In other words, from one international rugby pitch (for the fellow Welsh readers) or American football field, 8428 pounds of oil can be produced compared to 756 pounds of Coconut Oil.
This is simply why big businesses love to use Palm Oil.

Where is Palm Oil from?

As I previously wrote, Palm Oil originally came from Africa but since the 20th Century has been produced largely in South East Asia.
A food naturally derived from one part of the world and then transported to somewhere else should already raise alarm bells about its suitability in that area.

Now 85% of Palm Oil comes from Malaysia and Indonesia, the islands with the most biodiverse tropical forests found on earth, and the industry wipes out an estimated 300 American football field sized rainforests per hour, home to rare plants, endangered wildlife and indigenous people.

What are the Environmental effects of Palm Oil?

‘There isn’t an I in T.E.A.M’. Humans have co-existed on Earth with so many other different species for thousands of years and yet we have gone it alone. We have let our Ego control us and we haven’t stopped to look at the destruction that we have left on the path behind.

Indonesia is the third highest greenhouse gas emitting country because of the Palm Oil industry: It seems cutting down 300 football fields worth of rainforest trees every hour releases a lot of carbon dioxide which the trees have been keeping safe from us. This toxic carbon rapidly speeds up climate change: if we don’t act now and we keep things as they are climate change will be the cause of human extinction.

The Palm Oil industry also causes water pollution as well as soil erosion a not-so-well-known problem that is destroying the very fabric of how we and other species survive.
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In nature soil is moved around by water and wind at the same rate as new soil is produced therefore causing little issue however, agriculture and human’s desire for profit has been a catalyst to this process which rids of important and nutrient-rich topsoil that plants and crops need to live and grow.

When I started researching Palm Oil the one thing that I couldn’t get my head around was why do we have to continually take rainforest land when we have so much of it already, then I found the answer…Hallelujah!

The Palm Oil industry ( I cannot say all of it of course) is in bed cuddled up nice and tight with the timber industry. There is a pattern found between Palm Oil plantation and illegal logging and with 20 million hectares of abandoned land in Indonesia that could be used for Palm Oil production that is obviously ignored one can only assume the worst.

The obvious Environmental effects are of grave concern and affect all walks of life from humans to flora to fauna and as a vegan it is hard for me not to point out the suffering of the wildlife.

The Rhinoceros, the Sunbear, the Pygmy Elephant (please read the article on the deaths of a group of elephants two years ago) the Clouded Leopard, the Proboscis Monkey, the Sumatran Tiger along with the more famous Orangutan are all animals heavily effected by the Palm Oil industry in devastating ways.

This beautiful episode on Nature of the Orangutan’s plight will offer an insight into what is happening: in 5-10 years these ‘People of the Jungle’ will more than likely be extinct.

It is important to note that some seeds that we rely on can only be germinated through the Orangutan’s gut, with the deaths of more and more of these animals the less chance we have of survival.

What can be done?

Reading more and more about sustainable Palm Oil and the efforts of the WWF to collaborate with plantations and manufacturers to create the RSPO (Rountable for Stainable Palm Oil) seemed like an answer -as demonstrated in the video at the beginning- but unfortunately it isn’t the way to go.

Greenpeace is highly sceptical of sustainable Palm Oil and I have to say so am I.

Here is the deal, most companies GreenWash; which means they spend more money on advertising that they are Green than actually being Green!
RSPO supplies a number of ‘Green’ certificates to plantations that can prove they are sustainable, certificates are given to equal the amount of tonnes of Palm Oil made. The plantations are then able to sell these certificates to ANYONE, ($10 being the going rate) the main buyer being companies who then claim they use sustainable Palm Oil even though they have no idea where their particular Palm Oil comes from.

Watch this video for more info.

And the funniest thing of all is that the commonly used processed Palm Oil isn’t even that good for us! Granted the fresh Palm Oil is but, that isn’t what we get in the majority of products with Palm Oil that we buy.
Palm Oil is used as a replacement for Trans Fats so that companies can write ‘0g Trans fats’ on their label but Palm Oil has as much saturated fat as butter, something we shouldn’t be eating a lot of.

Conclusion

Avoid Palm Oil as often as you can.

Nature is a beautiful thing that relies heavily on team work.
The sad reality is that if humans disappeared nature would thrive, if other species disappeared we would die.

It is difficult to pinpoint the moment in which we were able to completely ignore the cries our environment but we have and if we don’t turn back soon then I am afraid Palm Oil in our eye liner is the least of our worries.