Homeless Orangutan Signs Heart-Breaking Message About Palm Oil

Got snacks? C’mon you can tell me. Try as we might to avoid processed foods, sometimes it creeps into our kitchens. Even food that doesn’t look like junk contains ingredients obtained through incredibly destructive means.

Take vegetable oil, peanut butter and store-brand cakes or muffins. Nearly all of these foods contain palm oil, an ingredient derived from theápalm fruit, grown on the African oil palm tree.

“Vast areasáofápristine rainforestáisáslashed and burnedáeach year in order to make way for oil palm plantations,” reports the Palm Oil Project. This clear-cutting completely eliminates vital habitat for orangutans and other wildlife, causing them to be homeless if not killed outright.

As Nancy Robertsáreported previously on Care2, everyone is guilty of buying the products that fuel this destruction:

Palm oil is in half of all products commonly found in supermarkets and comprises 35 percent of the global vegetable oil market. It is commonly used in shampoo, soap, processed foods, candy, even biofuel. Palm oil imports to the U.S. have tripled between 2005 and 2009, with increasing demand also in China, India and elsewhere. That skyrocketing demand has created three big palm oil victims: people, wildlife and the planet.

Bulldozing through vast tracts of rainforest isn’t only only terrible for wildlife and watersheds, however. It’s also contributing to global warming and climate change that affects all of us. “As vast swaths of forest and swamp are obliterated to make way for plantations, thousands of tons of carbon dioxide is released. More carbon dioxide is released when peat swamps are drained and dried out to make way for palm cultivation,” continues Roberts.

We can listen to (and ignore) environmental activists preach about the destructive nature of the palm oil industry and why we should avoid the brands that feed it all day, but what if a being who was directly impacted by our use of palm oil were to ask for help?

In the heart-breaking video below, we meet an orangutan named Strawberry. Displaced by the slash-and-burn practices of the palm oil industry, she now depends on humans for food and shelter. And she’s got an important request for those of us with palm oil products in our cupboards.

Watch the short video from the Rainforest Action Network below. Your opinion of palm oil will never be the same. After watching, please read “How To Stop Buying Palm Oil and Help Save The Orangutans.”

Related Reading:

5 Ways You Can Save Tropical Rainforests

Palm Oil Isn’t Even Healthy For You

Rainforests Are Being Destroyed So We Can Have Toilet Paper and Margarine

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178 comments

Jerome S
Jerome S17 days ago

thanks

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Jerome S
Jerome S17 days ago

thanks

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Jim V
Jim Ven17 days ago

thanks for sharing

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Jim V
Jim Ven17 days ago

thanks for sharing

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Jim Ven
Jim Venabout a year ago

thanks for sharing.

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Jose  Roberto Pan
Jose Roberto Pan3 years ago

Compartilhei com meus amigos, espero que alcance milhares de compartilhamentos.
Precisamos formar uma grande corrente do bem, contra esta máfia industrial que está
acabando com o nosso planeta.

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Carrie-Anne Brown

very sad but thanks for sharing

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Teresa W.
Teresa W3 years ago

very sad

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l.r perry
l.r perry3 years ago

Broke my heart. Boycott palm oil products!

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Carolyn H.
Carolyn H3 years ago

I am ashamed that intelligent people such as we are ....continue to ignore the things that our God created for us...and either with apathy, greed and abuse...we cause more and more damage to our world,

Carolyn

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