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Palm Oil Stories

A manmade inferno inside the globally renowned Tripa rainforest in Aceh, Indonesia is pushing this forest’s unique population of Sumatran orangutans to the brink of extinction. Destruction inside palm oil plantation leases is driving the end of this great lowland forest, despite years of efforts by local communities to defend their forests and livelihood.
When they were just eleven years old, Michigan Girl Scouts Madison Vorva and Rhiannon Tomtishen discovered an alarming fact while completing research for their Girl Scout Bronze Awards: most Girl Scout cookies are packed with palm oil, an ingredient that causes the destruction of irreplaceable rainforests and threatens the survival of humankind’s closest relative, orangutans.
After fighting for the return of their ancestral lands for more than a decade, the people of Long Teran Kenan in Malaysian Borneo took a stand earlier this year and reclaimed part of their homeland with a decisive and peaceful act of collective resistance. Their territory had been taken from them and converted into oil palm plantations, which are now owned by the notorious global palm oil giant IOI Group.
Agribusiness and its impacts on the climate, rainforests, and communities
Palm oil is in products Americans use everyday, from breakfast cereal to cleaning supplies. It’s also destroying rainforests, communities and the global climate.
Cargill is the largest importer of palm oil into the U.S. and one of the largest traders of controversial palm oil in the world.
General Mills has a comprehensive palm oil policy that puts them at the front of the pack when it comes to American companies addressing the problems with palm oil.
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