In and of itself, not really. Some would argue, however, that the ingredient that gives jell-o its unique form (gelatin) is. This is because gelatin is mostly made from ground cow or pig bone. The argument for jell-o being bad for the environment would point out our over-consumption of animal products contributing to deforestation and greenhouse gas emissions.
Typically, the main complaint about Jell-O, or any gelatin, is that it is often made from hoof material, and thus vegetarians and those on kosher diets have to be careful where their gelatin comes from. One does not normally think of environmental connections with Jell-O.
However, officials in Yellowstone are considering using Jell-O to kill off a non-native trout that is harming the native fish. So, it apparently can be used to kill fish. I guess that means it definitely has an environmental impact.
On the one hand, Jell-o has been used to kill trout offspring in Yellowstone Park by simply applying the stuff to the outside of the eggs; so, there seems to be an implication that a substance/substances in Jell-o are toxic to animals, or at least fish. On the other hand, Jelloware, an innovative new design for kitchen utensils, sells cups that are made entirely of Jell-o and agar agar. Not only do the edible drinking vessels cut down on waste concerning glass and plastic, but when the drinker is finished, they can sprinkle the remnants of the glass in their lawn; the agar agar nourishes the grass. So, there seem to be pros and cons to jell-o.
In the past, animal rights activists have complained about jello, and other gelatins, since the substance is derived from cow hooves.
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