Palm Oil – The Dark Side of the Industry

Palm oil + biofuel how bad a good thing can be?

Palm oil provides a valuable source of beta carotene and tocopherols and tocotrienols from vitamin E both are antioxidants.

This oil has been used to make margarine, most processed and baked goods and biofuel.

What is the dark side to the palm oil industry?

Thanks in part to a palm oil trade propped up by indifferent corporations and authoritarian regimes, the rainforest habitats of the last remaining Sumatran orangutans, tigers, and rhinoceroses are being destroyed. The destruction of rain forest and the rapid decline of the animals and plants that are dependent on it is causing the demise our closest animal cousins the orangutan. It and the other endangered animals are traded, brutally killed and their homes destroyed to make margarine, shortening, baked goods, and candies.

Major cookie companies like Keebler, Oreo, Mrs. Fields, Pepperidge Farm and other companies both in the US and around the world use palm oil in some of their cookies, crackers, pastries, cereals, and microwave popcorn. So this corrupted industry kills the environment and when this unhealthy partially hydrogenated oil is used for baking it promotes heart disease in humans. Is this a fair trade off ?

Protect yourself and the environment

Use heart and environmentally protective oils liquid oils as olive, and canola it will help protect your health and the following threatened animals: the Sumatran tiger, Sumatran and Bornean orangutans, Asian elephant, and Sumatran rhinoceros.

The killing equation

For every 2.5 billion pounds of palm oil used, 1,240 square miles of new oil palm plantations would be needed

This area represents rainforest habitat for up to 65 Sumatran rhinos, 54 elephant families, 65 Sumatran tigers, and 2,500 orangutans.