Palm oil seems to be everywhere these days. It has slowly infiltrated food and cosmetic products in the UK and is readily used in the U.S. where the issue of GM foods is far higher on their list of concerns. I would argue that this should not be the case. Genetically modified foods are simply bred with the most desirable characteristics such as the largest size, the fastest growth rate or relative resistance to certain weather conditions. Photographs of vegetables being injected with an unknown substance from a syringe are downright scaremongering. I understand the implications for farmers and other major disadvantages of GM but many of the so-called facts are simply myths (but that’s a whole other post).
In light of the appointment of a ‘militant’ vegan labour MP to the position of shadow secretary of state for environment, food and rural affairs I want to put my two cents out into the world. I hope not to come across as at all hypocritical as I have spent most of my life as an engaged omnivore. I’ve seen the gruesome videos of animal slaughter and educated myself on the environmental impact animal farming has on the planet, yet I still choose to (now very occasionally) eat meat. I have tried and failed on several occasions to label myself a vegetarian and cut out meat completely from my diet. Now a few years older from the previous attempt and (if I do say so myself) a whole lot wiser, I have come to the conclusion that I don’t need to label my dietary decisions. Continue reading