orangutans being killed by palm oil

An Orangutan being rescued by the Centre for Orangutan Protection from a destroyed forest in Kalimantan, Indonesia.
Source: www.greenpeace.org

Palm Oil is in many items – and it’s not always listed; one of the names it is often called is vegetable oil. If a product contains vegetable oil and has a saturated fat content of over 40%, it is very likely to be Palm Oil. Here is an A to Z of alternative names for Palm Oil.

Although this hidden ingredient may not seem very damaging, its effect is being felt in the wildlife-rich forests of Borneo, Indonesia and Malaysia, which are being destroyed to make way for Palm Oil plantations. Around thirty square miles are being cleared each day. When these areas of forest are cleared, their inhabitants – including Orangutans, Tigers, Elephants, Sun Bears, Bearded Pigs and other endangered species (not to mention indigenous people) are left without a home. The animals are also being purposely poisoned and killed by other means in order to prevent them from eating the fruit of the oil palm.

Sustainable Palm Oil

It is not always a safe option to buy sustainable Palm Oil. In Borneo, starving Orangutans had to be rescued after their forest homes were destroyed for a Palm Oil plantation. The organisation behind the bulldozing of the rainforest was BGA (Bumitama Gunajaya Agro), a member of the RSPO (Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil) – the organisation issuing the label for sustainable Palm Oil.

BGA’s customers include IOI, Wilmar and Sinar Mas, companies that sell the Palm Oil to European food and consumer goods manufacturers and Bio-diesel producers. (Read more and sign a petition here)

Find out more about the dangers and effects of Palm Oil on the planet at www.saynotopalmoil.com

Deforestation for a palm oil plantation

Deforestation in Riau province, Sumatra, to make way for an oil palm plantation

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