Why Earth Balance Butter Spreads Are Not Vegan (and an alternative)


Earth Balance has a nice “vegan” sticker on all their products, and on their website.

But the definition of vegan is different for a person and a product.

The current technical requirements for a product to be labeled vegan do not reflect which products actually are and aren’t vegan.

Most ethical vegans would define veganism as something like:

Being vegan means not consuming or using products that were made as a result of animal cruelty whenever reasonably possible.

Back to Earth Balance…

All Earth Balance spread products start off with a blend of oils, something like: Vegetable oil blend (Canola, Coconut, Palm oils).

The one that isn’t vegan is palm oil, and it’s in all of their products.

I’ve written to Earth Balance about this issue and never received a reply of any sort.

Palm oil is the stuff you’ll find mostly in processed junk food, but also in “vegan” butters.

I encourage you to read my full post about why palm oil is not vegan.

While palm oil comes from a plant, the vast majority of the industry is rife with:

  • Human rights violations
  • Animal habitat destruction
  • Animal cruelty and murder

Orangutans in particular have been reduced to endangered species numbers.

Workers burn forests at an alarming rate to clear land for new palm plantations. Orangutans are beaten, killed, and burned alive.

It’s not hard to find pictures and videos of this. I guarantee once you see a few, it will become clear that palm oil is not vegan.

Even the “sustainable” palm oil mostly comes from the same region and plantations. It was a good idea, but poorly executed that left too many loopholes.

Alternatives to Earth Balance Butter and Other “Vegan” Butters

All vegan butters seem to have palm oil in it.

Obviously this is annoying, because this is a very useful product.

What I’ve done personally is started to make my own vegan butter.

After a few that didn’t taste to good, I found this amazon vegan butter making guide that is simple and made by a guy who thankfully knows too much about the science of butter making.

It’s super simple and tastes just as good as Earth Balance in my opinion. It also costs a tenth of the price, which is a nice side benefit.

About the author

Dale C.

Your friendly neighborhood vegan from Toronto. Chemical engineer turned semi-professional soccer player and freelance writer. Trying to do my small part in making the world better by writing about the wonderful world of veganism.

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