Do you know what Palm oil is? It’s oil, you say, from palms, well yes, we both know that. But Palm oil is used in everything from snack foods to soaps. It’s found in over half all packaged items on our supermarket shelves. I don’t believe you’ll find palm oil in my cat food but the woman-who-feeds-me reads the ingredients on my packaged dinners and if there were Palm oil in it, I know I’d have a change of diet.
People cut down native forests to grow Palms to get Palm oil to put into all those soaps etc and the awful thing is – animals live in those forests!
Such as Sumatran tigers.
There are now less than 400 Sumatran tigers left. My cousins!
Not to mention the orang utans.
In the last 20 years, over 3.5 million hectares of Indonesian and Malaysian forest have been destroyed to make way for palm oil. Almost 80% of orangutan habitat has disappeared in the last 20 years. We are losing over 6,000 orangutans a year!
Bloody people, I don’t know what’s wrong with them. I’m sure, however, that if people knew the price of getting Palm oil into these so-called snack foods, they’d stop buying the products quick smart. The problem is that palm oil isn’t in the label. Time to stop that, now.
If you’re in Australia, you can tell the Ministers to vote ‘Yes’ to transparent labelling