YOU WOULDN'T THINK THAT SOMETHING AS INNOCENT LOOKING AS VEGETABLE OIL, BAKED GOODS, CONFECTIONERY ITEMS, SHAMPOO, COSMETICS, CLEANING AGENTS, WASHING DETERGENTS, TOOTHPASTE, ETC. COULD BE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE DESTRUCTION OF 300 FOOTBALL FIELDS OF RAINFOREST BEING CLEARED EACH HOUR (STOP HERE AND READ THAT AGAIN - EACH HOUR) TO MAKE WAY FOR PALM OIL PRODUCTION
IF THAT'S NOT BAD ENOUGH - PALM OIL EXPANSION IS KILLING BIODIVERSITY AND ECOSYSTEMS. OVER 90% OF THE ORANGUTAN HABITAT HAS BEEN DESTROYED IN THE LAST 20 YEARS AND EACH YEAR 1000-5000 ORANGUTANS ARE KILLED FOR THIS DEVELOPMENT. THOUSANDS OF OTHER SPECIES ARE FACING THE SAME FATE IN SOUTH-EAST ASIA.
BAD FOR PEOPLE AS WELL - AS WORKERS BURN FORESTS TO REJUVENATE THEM PEOPLE WALK TO WORK AND SCHOOL WITH MASKS BECAUSE OF THE DENSE SMOKE. CHILD LABOR IS OFTEN USED FOR THIS WORK AS WELL.
How can you help?
Look for the RSPO label to ensure you purchase products made with certified sustainable palm oil. This label gives you the confidence that the palm oil was produced in a socially and environmentally responsible way.
Can't find the RSPO label? Look for the Green Palmlabel to purchase products that support the transition to certified palm oil. Proceeds from Green Palm certificates help growers fund the transition to sustainable palm oil.
For further reading - click on these links : www.worldwildlife.org/pages/palm-oil-the-hidden-truth-lurking-in-your-home
and find out what products use palm oil here
IT CAN'T BE EVERYONE ELSE'S PROBLEM - IT HAS TO BE OURS TOO - BE EDUCATED ON PALM OIL AND USE YOUR DOLLARS TO SUPPORT SUSTAINABLE GROWING!