One easy way to save the rainforest, tigers, rhinos and orangutans: Cut Palm Oil From Your Diet

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Ever wonder how you – one single person – can have a positive impact on Earth the and help save the rainforest? Here’s one of the simpler solutions that stands on the shoulders of a known truth: your power lies in the your wallet. How we use and spend our money (i.e., deciding what to buy and avoid) can have the biggest bang for your buck impact even with protecting our environment.

You’ve all probably seen palm oil as an ingredient on the back of food packaging. It may seem like just another ambiguous ingredient at first, but peel back the layers and you’ll find palm oil is driving a rapid loss in virgin rainforest to make room for palm oil plantations.

Unlike buying paper towels or toilet paper, most of which come from highly managed timber operations (which function across a spectrum of mindfulness – some done well, others not), palm oil plantations are exclusively developed in place of ancient rainforests, which are home to tigers, orangutans, rhinos and countless incredible plants and animals, some of which are nearly extinct or have yet to be discovered.

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To help save the rainforest, check your food labels, and avoid palm oil from these brands:

Let us urge the Snack Food 20 (listed below) to switch to a more responsible, sustainable oil. These companies manufacture a wide range of popular #SnackFoods in the United States and abroad that contain conflict palm oil.

The “Snack Food 20” group of companies:
Campbell Soup Company
ConAgra Foods, Inc.
Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc.
General Mills, Inc.
Grupo Bimbo
Hillshire Brands Company
H.J. Heinz Company
Hormel Foods Corporation
Kellogg Company
Kraft Food Group, Inc.
Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Corp.
Mars Inc.
Mondelez International, Inc.
Nestlé S.A.
Nissin Foods Holdings Co., Ltd.
PepsiCo, Inc.
The Hershey Company
The J.M. Smucker Company
Toyo Suisan Kaisha, Ltd.

While some companies are beginning to take steps to address their palm oil problem, none have yet adopted and fully implemented adequate safeguards to eliminate conflict palm oil from entering their supply chains and contaminating their products. These big, global food companies have the power, through their supply chains, to drive a transformation in the way palm oil is now commonly produced. Increased consumer and citizen pressure on these companies is a key ingredient for success.

Working together with our families, friends, and allies, we will hold these companies to account and push them to eliminate conflict palm oil from their products. We will work with them to adopt and implement responsible palm oil procurement policies that ensure the palm oil they buy is not associated with deforestation, child or forced labor, plantation expansion on carbon-rich peatlands, or violations of forest-dependent communities’ rights.
Source: @rainforestactionnetwork

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Photos by Paul Hilton.

To learn more visit, Rainforest Action Network

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