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Orangutangs Pushed to the Limits by Palm Oil Consumption

Some of your favourite foods contain palm oil, shown in the ingredients as 'vegetable oil'

Some of your favourite foods contain palm oil, shown in the ingredients as 'vegetable oil'

Mollie Homer, Reporter

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Orangutangs are set to become extinct within years, due to deforestation wiping out their habitat, all to fuel our heavy consumption of palm oil.

Over 50,000 orangutans have been killed as a result of palm oil production over the past 20 years, as countries such as Malaysia and Indonesia replace native rainforest for plantations.

Palm oil can be found in products ranging from your favourite chocolate bar to lipsticks.

As every oil palm tree requires approximately 3m diameter radius to reach full growth, deforestation is at the top of the environmental damage list subsequently leading to; habitat degradation, Indigenous displacement, global warming, change in weather patterns and animal cruelty.

An area the equivalent size of 300 football fields of rainforest is cleared each hour to make way for palm oil production.

According to The National Geographic, “the world’s rain forests could completely vanish in a hundred years at the current rate of deforestation” leading to more catastrophic weather events caused by the changing climate.

Originating from Africa, oil palm plantations have now spread to Asia and South America, with Indonesia and Malaysia producing 90% of the world’s supply.

The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) states “intensive palm oil production is also creating environmental fall-out, including soil erosion, air, soil and water pollution.”

“Replacing natural forests with palm oil plantations vastly diminishes the ability of vegetation to capture and store carbon dioxide,” states Palm Oil Investigations “It’s estimated that deforestation contributes up to 20 percent of global warming”

Say No To Palm Oil states these “orangutans have been found buried alive, killed from machete attacks, guns and other weaponry,”

“Mother orangutans are also often killed by poachers and have their babies taken to be sold or kept as pets, or used for entertainment  in wildlife tourism parks in Thailand and Bali.”

What you can do to help:

As an individual, you can:

• Download the Palm oil Investigations App, which allows you to scan the barcode of a product, telling you if the product contains the oil and if it’s certified or not.

• Help to raise awareness of the certified sustainable palm oil (CSPO)

• Give companies who make your favourite products feedback and that you want to see them use CSPO rather than conventional palm oil

• Support those companies that have made a strong commitment to CSPO.

As a business, you can:

• Join the RSPO and become an active member

• Make sure all your palm oil use is certified under any of the CSPO supply chain options

• Set a target and timetable to move to segregated sustainable palm oil

• Be transparent in reporting your palm oil use and take responsibility for all the palm oil in the products you sell

• Buy from certified RSPO member growers that are going beyond the basic requirements of the RSPO and committing to credible, independently verified standards like the Palm Oil Innovation Group (POIG) Charter or RSPO NEXT

• Raise awareness of the RSPO and CSPO globally.

(taken from wwf.org.au)

For more information visit:

WWF 

Say No to Palm Oil

Palm Oil Investigations

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