The simple answer isn't always the right answer. Yes it vegetable based but there is the issue of destroying habitats of rain Forrest of orangutans and elephants as well as many types of fish. Guessing most vegans would not realize the average vegan is said to be responsible for the deaths of .3 animals a year through food they eat. I saw people selling Vegan and asked them. I certainly won't knock their belief system. My base of Palm, coconut and Olive oil technically could be called vegan but what do you all think?