5 ways to stop food companies from profiting off a devastating ingredient

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If you buy packaged snack foods, chances are you’re doing your part to destroy rainforests half a world away and contributing to the death of orangutans.
According to a report by the Rainforest Action Network (RAN), nearly half of all food found in grocery stores contains palm oil, the majority of which is directly linked to rainforest deforestation, child labor, slave labor, climate pollution and other atrocities. Millions of acres of rainforest habitat in Indonesia and Malaysia are destroyed to plant giant industrial palm oil plantations in response to increasing market demands. RAN calls these destructive palm oil products “conflict palm oil.”
Only an estimated 60,600 orangutans exist on earth today, and they are on a rapid path to extinction due to palm oil plantations’ obliteration of their rainforest habitat.

If you buy packaged snack foods, chances are you’re doing your part to destroy rainforests half a world away and contributing to the death of orangutans.

According to a report by the Rainforest Action Network (RAN), nearly half of all food found in grocery stores contains palm oil, the majority of which is directly linked to rainforest deforestation, child labor, slave labor, climate pollution and other atrocities. Millions of acres of rainforest habitat in Indonesia and Malaysia are destroyed to plant giant industrial palm oil plantations in response to increasing market demands. RAN calls these destructive palm oil products “conflict palm oil.”

Only an estimated 60,600 orangutans exist on earth today, and they are on a rapid path to extinction due to palm oil plantations’ obliteration of their rainforest habitat.

 

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April Short
Wednesday, September 18, 2013

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