With more than 7 billion people and growing so fast, our impact on the world’s oceans, on the air, on the land and the plants and animals around us becomes greater and greater. How will our small and finite planet continue to feed us all in the future? And what can we do to make a difference? Of course, you will choose to conserve water and electricity, and to reuse and recycle whenever possible. But one of the most environmentally friendly choices you can make is to eat a plant-based diet. While switching to margarine will not single handedly save the planet, it is one easy step you can take in looking out for the environment.
Margarine is more environmentally favourable than animal fats like butter
Margarine production chain is shown to be a lot lighter on its feet compared to animal fats like butter. Margarines use approximately half of the land required for producing butter products and the carbon footprint is less than one third the size of butter’s footprint.
Nilsson K et al. Comparative Life cycle assessment of margarine and butter consumed in the UK, Germany and France. International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment. 2010;15:916-926
Sustainable sourcing of oils used in margarine is on the rise
Palm, coconut, soybean, rapeseed and sunflower oils used in margarine are crops that are grown and traded all over the world. By sustainably sourcing the oils used in margarine, we can protect the planet’s natural resources and, at the same time, ensure security of supply for the long term. Great initiatives of working with external global crop certification bodies include the Round Table of Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) and the Round Table on Responsible Soy (RTRS). RSPO principles stipulate a significantly reduced use of pesticides and fires, fair treatment of workers, and the need to inform and consult with local communities before the development of new plantations on their land.
Founded in 1958 and based in Brussels, the International Margarine Association of the Countries of Europe (IMACE) represents margarine manufacturers, producing both for retail and business to business (B2B) sectors throughout Europe. IMACE is also the voice of margarine manufacturers to key stakeholders/authorities of the European Union and other international organisations. IMACE and its Member Associations and Companies are members of IFMA, the International Federation of Margarine Associations. IMACE is member of FoodDrinkEurope, the European Food and Drink Industry Federation.