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Palm Oil or Rainforests – You Decide

Palm Oil or Rainforests – You Decide


Kermit was right. Itís not easy being green. The palm-oil industry aims to keep it that way by hiding rainforest-destroying ingredients in nearly half the packaged goods we buy.

Rainforest Action Network (RAN) has just released an infographic that shows why avoiding unsustainable palm oil is hard – and why it is essential. We would not cut our own lungs out, but every day we humans slash the planet’s in order to provide palm oil for cookies, crackers, soaps, lipstick, and a whole lot more.

RAN’s Palm Oil Factsheet (click on the graphic below) singles out three countries as the source of 85 percent of the palm oil that ends up on our shelves: Indonesia, Malaysia and Papua New Guinea. It also points to Cargill, which “trades a quarter (25%) of the world’s palm oil and is the largest importer of palm oil into the United States.” The impact of all this unsustainable palm-oil production is loss of biodiversity, destruction of the livelihoods of forest communities, and an increase in CO2.

Palm oil is such a common ingredient it is difficult to avoid. Even the Girl Scouts are selling rainforest-destroying cookies, though a couple of teens are trying to persuade them to get out of the business.

We need to ask more questions and stop contributing to environmental destruction with the products we buy. Together we can pressure companies to clean up their act and behave responsibly. We have a planet to save.


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5:23PM PDT on Aug 25, 2014

cuando lo prohibiran? mas informacion real en el etiquetado

10:15AM PST on Dec 4, 2013

A worldwide ban on Palm oil would help dramatically reduce the de-forrestation of the Rain Forests, and thereby reduce the killing of Orangutans........

5:39AM PST on Dec 4, 2013

Horrifying...the first company to advertise that it's products have no palm oil should clean up...

2:29AM PST on Dec 4, 2013


10:42PM PST on Dec 3, 2013

No palm oil for moi!

12:41PM PDT on Apr 2, 2012

Don't lose heart Laura, every little action helps and I'm sure that we are not alone in our efforts to stop this obscenity!

11:13AM PDT on Apr 2, 2012

Unfortunately, most people who have a choice, choose convenience. It's a sad world that cares more about themselves than the creatures and world around them. I have been "preaching" to everyone I can and hardly anyone has made any changes in their consumer choices. It sickens me to no end...

11:29AM PDT on Mar 31, 2012

take a stand: BOYCOTT any product which causes this kind of tragedy!

7:46PM PDT on Mar 12, 2012

What's to decide? Besides the destruction of the
Rainforests which give us the oxygen we breathe,
palm oil is really unhealthy for you. BOYCOTT,
BOYCOTT, BOYCOTT! Even an a 2 yr. old could
figure this one out.

2:27PM PST on Mar 8, 2012

Palm oil, consider yourselves BOYCOTTED!!!

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