1. Palm Oil Company Fined for Burning Only Place on Earth Where Tigers, Elephants, Rhinos, & Orangutans Live Together in the Wild – Indonesian court finds ‘PT Kallista Alam’ firm guilty of illegally burning large swathes of Sumatran Forest. (ens-newswire.com) PS: The company didn’t even show up at court.
For bodycare, Lush doesn’t use Palm Oil. For food, a list of products that do not use palm oil can be found here.
“Deforestation for the purpose of making palm oil is one of the insidious effects of good-intentioned movements such as anti-trans fats (and thus partially hydrogenated oils) and veganism–palm oil’s desirable quality is that it stays solid at room temperature, as partially hydrogenated oils do, and as butter does, so now we have products like oreos and earth balance (every vegan’s favorite butter-alternative) containing palm oil, and consumers buying these products are indirectly supporting deforestation like this.
The ultimate takeaway is that our eating habits here have wide-ranging effects the world over. The best thing to do is to eat as local as possible, and to buy as few products with over, say, 4 ingredients as possible.”