Cheerios v. Rainforests, guess who wins?

Via on Jan 23, 2010

RAN connects our love for Palm Oil with burning Rainforests. Click here for more.

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Excerpt:

“…the stunt was executed by the Rainforest Action Network (RAN), an activist group campaigning to highlight the role that palm oil consumption has in deforestation in Indonesia, Malaysia and Papua New Guinea. Expansion of oil palm plantations over the past twenty years has emerged as one of the biggest threats to the Southeast Asia’s rainforests, which house such endangered species as the orangutan, the pygmy elephant of Borneo, and the Sumatran rhino.

Palm oil production has also become a significant source of greenhouse gas emissions, which result from deforestation, degradation and conversion of peatlands, and fires set for plantation establishment.”

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2 Responses to “Cheerios v. Rainforests, guess who wins?”

  1. [...] year, another major species of rhino went extinct. Why? Palm oil (it’s in your pantry, in your peanut butter…). Why? Poaching. Why? Traditional Chinese [...]

  2. [...] Palm oil plantations are used to harvest and process palm oil, an edible plant oil derived from the fleshy middle layer of the fruit of the oil palm. Not unlike other vegetable oils, palm oil acts as a cooking ingredient in both tropical cooking and the larger commercial food industry and may be prevalent in products purchased by up to 75 percent of everyday Western consumers. [...]

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