Friday, 31 March 2017

Pleasing extreme vegetarians over polymer notes has high environmental cost

My reaction to the news that the Bank of England was planning to use palm oil in the manufacture of future polymer notes was the same as that of the Independent.

On Thursday, the Bank said that the “only practical alternative” to animal-derived additives are those derived from palm oil - an ingredient which has been controversial for its contribution to deforestation.

I understand that most vegans base their stance on respect for animals. They should consider that increased use of palm oil threatens one of our most endangered and endearing animal relatives, the orang-utan.

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