Last week during a lunch break, I discussed with my colleagues about the misbehaviors of the food industry. We talked about topics like educated monkeys who are forced to work on a coconut plantation and have to pick coconuts from palm trees. Another topic was about what the food industry would do if palm or coconut oil will be prohibited as an ingredient. Also, we discussed about how the food industry, restaurants and takeaways or snack bars replaced real cheese with imitation cheese to save money. It may not be a big deal because the taste is nearly the same. In particular in fast food, it doesn’t matter I think. But there was a ruckus because it wasn’t declared properly. But the funny side is: since vegan food is trendy nowadays, the supermarkets had a new brilliant idea to gain even more money: they renamed the fake cheese to vegan cheese and sell it now for a price more than twice as high than the conventional cheese made of milk! Because vegan is hip. The popularity of vegan food or so called superfoods made formerly unknown and exotic seeds like quinoa and chia incredibly popular. At least in Europe, hardly anyone knew it in the past.
One the one Hand, there is the argument that these seeds contain healthy ingredients like omega-3 fatty acid. But on the other hand there are local seeds like spelt which contain omega-3 as well and don’t have to be flown in over the whole wide world.
After our discussion, I had some thoughts about it. I think it is morally acceptable to transport seed around the world, but it is not acceptable to kill animals. I like to support the local industry. I like to buy apples from my home country. But when I can choose between meat from a local butcher or quinoa seed imported from South America, I would prefer the imported seeds. I am not a vegetarian, but I can well do without meat. What do you think about it? Feel free to leave a comment 🙂