Vegan Butter Without Palm Oil
We use vegan butter daily and I usually buy the one by Earth Balance. However, my husband asked me to find an alternative, because it came to his attention that palm oil, one of the main ingredients in Earth Balance, is something to be avoided due to the way it gets harvested.
The palm oil industry "is linked to major issues such as deforestation, habitat degradation, climate change, animal cruelty and indigenous rights abuses in the countries where it is produced, as the land and forests must be cleared for the development of the oil palm plantations. According to the World Wildlife Fund, an area the equivalent size of 300 football fields of rainforest is cleared each hour to make way for palm oil production. This large-scale deforestation is pushing many species to extinction, and findings show that if nothing changes species like the orangutan could become extinct in the wild within the next 5-10 years, and Sumatran tigers less than 3 years."
So, I went to Whole Foods to see what they offer and also researched online and it turned out that all vegan butters contain palm oil. Bummer. However, starting this year, that is no longer the case, thanks to Miyoko's Creamery. They've created vegan butter without the palm oil! So, I spent my lunch break yesterday calling several stores trying to find it. Eventually, I found it at Perelandra (btw, Perelandra, why did you get so expensive?). Very excited to try it this weekend. It seems to have great reviews and I like that they call it "European style" - not sure exactly what it means but it makes me feel aristocratic, eating European style butter, rather than plain old butter. :)
Also, you guys have to check out this blog post by Miyoko's Creamery creator about a vegan tour of Italy. Reading it made my mouth water. I want to try making the pistachio pesto and "acqua e sale", which I've never heard of before. There is going to be another tour this September. It sounds amazing - I wish I could go.