Gregg’s has had a lot of media attention recently, for selling a wildly popular vegan sausage roll and vegan steak bake. Piers Morgan famously got angry about it, but so have farmers and those campaigning for orangutan welfare, as both contain ‘sustainable palm oil’. Let’s say this loud and clear ‘ There is no such thing as sustainable palm oil’. Plantations that are covered by the oft-quoted ’round table on sustainable palm oil’ have been found to burn forests to the ground.
Sausages and sausage rolls are choking hazards for children and people with swallowing difficulties. If using, cut lengthwise (and then again) or avoid. These are not real meat, so don’t feed these sausages to pets (many contain toxic ingredients like mushrooms and spices).
Do you and the orangutans a favour. Make your own simple puff pastry (no palm oil) then find recipes to make your own vegan sausage rolls. It’s not as if there are not any recipes (see below).
Like him or loathe him, Piers Morgan stands up to politicians and has slammed Greggs for ‘killing orangutans’ with their ‘eco-friendly pastry’, something that vegan charities won’t do, often as they take money to license vegan foods that use palm oil. Piers tweeted photos of orangutans: ‘Sacrificed at the altar of @GreggsOfficialvegan sausage rolls.’
Giant Vegan Sausage Roll (Lazy Cat Kitchen)
Recently, an adult orangutan was stabbed and shot 74 times and left blinded, with her baby killed. All for a packet of crisps or some ‘vegan pastry’. When vegan organisations and chefs are giving credence to the lie that is ‘sustainable palm oil’, it is killing our orange cousins. Greenpeace says the label ‘sustainable palm oil’ is as useful as chocolate teapot, and is being used to hide behind companies who won’t pay the extra pennies for a more sustainable local oil (like rapeseed).