Frothy Cream and Homogeneous Rainforests – Palm Oil

Via Chris Chopik
on Apr 19, 2010
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Globe 2010Palm Oil came to the fore in a Globe 2010 session moderated by David Ian Gray, where Jeffrey Hollender, Co-Founder, Seventh Generation, and David Cheesewright, President & CEO Walmart Canada Corporation went toe to toe on the issue. Instigated by David, Hollender asks Cheesewright “isn’t Wallmart in a position to mandate compliance, requiring the use of sustainably harvested Palm Oil by retail suppliers.” The momentary flashpoint marked the only deeply confrontational challenge in the hour long dialogue. I wished Globe 2010 had spent an entire session focusing on Palm Oil.

If you accept that the Forests are the lungs of the Earth and atmospheric carbon is one of the most important catalysts of climate change there must be greater importance placed on preservation. The corporations that rule the world of palm oil consumer products need to take a close look to the consumer backlash pending. When alternatives to the ruthless destruction of human and animal habitat are available, what defense of do first producers and retailers have for eyes wide open destruction and deforestation?

For those unaware palm oil is a ubiquitous ingredient in food and personal care products. The production of palm oil is the greatest threat to rainforests today. Resembling monoculture rubber plantations from Ford’s ill-advised experiments in the early 1900s, the modern palm oil plantation is sown in the raised remnants of rainforests.

The industrial method of creating these plantations is as inhumane as any slight you can think of to the urban domestic animal. It is as mindless as the pit-mining operations pictured in Avatar. It is among the vainest destructive efforts of man. No amount of frothy soap lather, homogeneous food products, or scented cream could be worth such sacrifice at such an enlightened time in human history as this. Learn more and prepare to be sad, follow this link to . Special thanks to my friend Candice Batista for bring this important human issue to my attention.


About Chris Chopik

Chris Chopik is a sought after speaker and writer on a broad range of green issues. He is a tireless advocate for Quality of Life, Home Energy Labeling, Safe Streets for all users, Forest issues, and Renewable Energy. Chris helps clients business and lifestyle solutions that reduce car dependency and free time. When teaching at Ontario Real Estate Boards Chris encourages his fellow Realtors to become “agents of change”, by communicating that “future friendly houses are worth more”, printing on FSC and post consumer recycled paper and becoming a Carbon Neutral Agent™. Chris has served as a volunteer on several boards and advisory committees including LEAF (Local Enhancement and Appreciation of Forests), Toronto Real Estate Board's Green Task Force, Green Enterprise Ontario (GEO), Conservation Council of Ontario, West Toronto Initiative for Solar Energy, Toronto Solar Roundtable, Green Neighbours Community Action, Green Together, Power To Choose, Pledge To Green, is a Toronto Green Award Judge, and Green Energy Act Alliance Partner.


10 Responses to “Frothy Cream and Homogeneous Rainforests – Palm Oil”

  1. Pat says:

    Palm oil sometimes goes by the name Coconut Oil. The oil comes from the coconut palm. Coconut palm trees do not grow in rain forests.

    Also, palm sugar is really coconut blossom sugar and is made by collecting the sweet nectar that drips from the coconut palm blossoms.

    Neither coconut palm oil, coconut oil or palm sugar is made from PALM TREES. This is a miss-conception.

    Coconut oil is very good for humans to eat, cook with and rub on skin.

  2. Lani says:

    Palm oil is NOT Coconut oil. They come from a completely different kind of palm tree, yes palm trees! "The oil palms (Elaeis) comprise two species of the Arecaceae, or palm family. They are used in commercial agriculture in the production of palm oil. The African Oil Palm Elaeis guineensis is native to west Africa, occurring between Angola and Gambia, while the American Oil Palm Elaeis oleifera is native to tropical Central America and South America."

    You are better off – for a variety of health and political reasons – using extra virigin, organic coconut oil. Preferably grown in the U.S. as you are avoiding the myriad of ethical/moral issues that the author is discussing here. When something that is difficult to grow and manufacture becomes as ubiquitous and CHEAP as palm/palm kernel oil are now we can assume that the "real" cost is not being reflected and that someone, somewhere is being exploited.


    Stephen Johnson
    Approximately 85 percent of palm oil is grown in the tropical countries of Indonesia, Malaysia and Papua New Guinea (PNG) on industrial plantations that have severe impacts on the environment, forest peoples and the climate.

    Jillaurie Crane
    it is incredibly healthy

    Marlowe Hopkins
    and where can you get it in boulder, colorado? probably the same shop you buy figi spring water. tell me where it is i want to drive there…

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