TUESDAY, MAY 06, 2008
THE BLOG OF THE RAINFOREST ACTION NETWORK

Let the sleuthing begin!: TheProblemWithPalmOil.org goes LIVE

ADM, Bunge, and Cargill can’t hide any more: www.TheProblemWithPalmOil.org just went live.

There is no secret about what US Agribusiness companies are doing in Southeast Asia, Latin America, and the Pacific: They are forcing communities off their land, destroying the last remaining habitat for endangered species like the orangutan, and burning the remaining forest stumps, all so that they can plant their massive palm oil plantations.

And where is that palm oil going? Our supermarkets.

On www.TheProblemWithPalmOil.org, you can enter the barcode numbers of the products that contain palm oil—and their palm oil free alternatives. This will give us a list of companies that we need to hold responsible for using this destructive oil.

Here’s what we need you to do:

  • Go to www.TheProblemWithPalmOil.org and download the Supermarket Sleuthing form.
  • Tell your friends about Supermarket Sleuthing, and get them to go sleuth with you.
  • Take your team of sleuths to the supermarket and enter the 12-digit or 13-digit barcode numbers of the products you find on the Supermarket Sleuth form. Get creative and have fun!
  • Go back to www.TheProblemWithPalmOil.org and enter the 12- or 13-digit barcode number of the products you found. The more new products you find, the more points you will earn!

Here's what the RAN staff found when we went sleuthing:

Plus, you will be helping us take the first step in a vital path towards holding ADM, Bunge, and Cargill responsible for the rainforest destruction they are sneaking into our food. This is the first step of a long term retail strategy campaign…

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