Palm oil is inexpensive and a common ingredient in foods and household products. But it comes at a horrible cost.
Huge areas of the rain forest are being bulldozed to make way for palm oil plantations in countries like Borneo, Sumatra, Indonesia and Malaysia.
This deforesting operation is being done on a scale that is unbelievably staggering. The people managing the palm oil business and the workers who are carrying out the actual clearing of the forest, have no regard for the fact that they’re destroying the abundant and endangered wildlife that calls the forests home.
Because the forests are being cleared , in just the last 20 years 90% of orangutan habitat has been obliterated. If this kind of deforestation continues, orangutans could face extinction in the wild in 2016, and the jungle habitat that they call home could be entirely gone within 20 years.
If the information above has made you angry, there is something you can do to make sure that a disaster such as this never happens!
Just stop buying products that contain palm oil as an ingredient, and this will help reduce the insane demand for this incredibly unsustainable product.
Palm oil is found in many of the products that we use every day. Please check the label each and every time you buy, particularly if the products you buy come from the big ‘discount’ supermarkets where supplier corners are cut.
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