June 4, 2018 6:19 am 2 Comments
Coconut oil has become one of the biggest best-sellers in the health food industry. Rich in lauric acid and antioxidants, it’s a natural star in the cooking, health and beauty worlds. It’s a popular product amongst vegans, who use it, along with other coconut products, as a substitute for all kinds of dairy fat.
At Naturally Good Food we only sell the best coconut oil: cold-pressed, unrefined, raw, extra-virgin, organic and Fairtrade where possible. We want the best taste, the best nutrients and the best health benefits – but we also want the best ethics. Because you see, we do give a monkey’s.
What’s with the monkeys?
Not sure what we’re talking about? Well, it probably doesn’t occur to anyone picking up a jar of glistening-white coconut oil in the supermarket that this wonderful product could have a very different – and much grubbier – back-story to it.
In many parts of the world, coconuts aren’t harvested as you might imagine, by the adults of the local population. In fact, they’re picked by monkeys (pig-tailed macaques, to be precise). Trained especially for this purpose, these monkeys are kept continually chained, forced to harvest huge amounts of coconuts to meet growing demand. You can see more in this article from the Huffington Post: Did an abused monkey pick your coconut?.
You don’t have to be an out-and-out vegan to find this a disturbing trend. We certainly do.
Our coconut oil is cruelty-free
We only stock products that tick our ethical boxes. We’ve sourced organic, extra-virgin coconut oil from producers that state clearly that they do not use monkeys to harvest their coconuts. They also avoid the use of child labour: those that offer Fairtrade options point out that the Fairtrade premiums mean that the children of the plantation-workers can now attend school, instead of working. Their workers are all adults and are all fairly compensated.
We have coconut oil from:
If you give a monkey’s, shop carefully
Our coconut oil might cost more than the very cheapest varieties you can find in the supermarkets. But not only are our jars much richer in nutrients and taste than the cheaper options, they’re also much more ethical – and much more truly vegan.
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This post was written by Yzanne