Researchers slam palm oil initiative as industry meets


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  1. I’d like to add that this is a very informative article, Amelia. As Camilla comments, little is known. Consumers are unaware of the devastating effects of the palm oil industry and how wildlife and habitats are dissapearing. The article clearly shows the level of corporate greed — disrespecting the will of the people to protect their environment.

    There is an article from the wildlife welfare perspective, which I quote and link to, below:

    “Deforestation for the establishment of palm oil plantations is responsible for habitat loss for threatened and endangered species. Priority species impacted by forest clearing are the Asian elephant, tiger, Sumatran rhinoceros and the orangutan. The Asian elephant and Bornean orangutan are endangered and the tiger, Sumatran rhinoceros and Sumatran orangutan are Critically Endangered.”


    Palm oil is in a great variety of product and listed in the fine print of the product label. More often than not, the tiny print is ridiculously minuscule and this in colours outrageously unfriendly –as if to fend off the eyes of the concerned consumer. So I use a magnifier!. 🙂

    • Corporate greed will be the end of life as we know it if these people are not stopped. As you say, Carmen, thus far they are responsible for an unacceptable level of devastation.

      IMO, the greatest problem is getting people to listen when it comes to purchasing palm oil based products. As you say the print on products is deliberately obscure (legislation is definitely needed there). Not only that, the consumer needs to be persuaded to be more vigilant, no matter how busy they are when whizzing off to the shops, perhaps with small children in tow. It is easy to see the problem, I think we have all been there, but everyone needs to spend a little more time when buying in checking out these things. The demand needs to cease.

      Thank you for the article link, Carmen. Had this not been a reblog, I would have added the link to the post ~ Amelia 🙂

      • Thank you, Amelia. When my little six-year old boy was alive, I would always make him participate in choosing products wisely and compassionately. I would explain and we would choose together. I taught him how to smell leather in accessories such as jackets and handbags. We would advocate together at all levels. He was posthumously awarded a dedication in a book by an Australian author, about children being caretakers of the Earth. Because he stood up against the mass slaughter of the Belconnen kangaroos with a touching drawing about having a pure heart for all.

        Even in a world full of rush, we must pause and teach our children well. ♥

  2. Great info, Amelia! Palm oil has an insidious presence on the US market, including in many foods marketed towards conscientious and environmentally-concerned (and even vegan) consumers. There is a great deal of ignorance regarding this (and many other) food products here, only some of it willful. Carmen is right–if you are concerned about how your food gets to you and what’s in it, READ THE LABEL, not the front label, that one’s an advertisement, but the back label.

    • Definitely the only way forward, Camilla. Though, I am quite sure many people are still not aware of the existence of palm oil, where it comes from and how it is grown and ruthlessly harvested. It is the consumer who needs to be educated here.

      The odd embargo wouldn’t go amiss either.

      • I couldn’t agree with you more! We recently voted in my state on an initiative that would have made us the first state in the US to require labeling of GM foods. The initiative was not passed, and I believe that this was due primarily to ignorance: people have no idea why this should concern them. Monsanto and DuPont stepped in, paid for a few ads that told people their grocery bill would go up, and that’s all anyone heard. Most people here don’t even know what a “GMO” is, and that’s exactly how their producers want it. The palm oil industry is precisely analogous.

        I was reminded of this post today and the devastating long-term effects of deforestation, upon seeing footage of the terrible aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan. We will not continue our own path of destruction unchecked by nature, who regards no one of her children more worthy than another.

        • We have exactly the same problems with GMO here, Camilla. It just beggars belief how so many can be so disinterested, as well.

          I was watching the news, and I too was struck by the similarity in the devastation. It seems strange that one is an act of god and the other the actions of man. Yet, the effect on the landscape is the same!

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