Palm Oil


Are your cookies causing orangutan extinction?

We may not be able to see it, but Conflict Palm Oil has become ubiquitous in our everyday lives. It is found in roughly half the packaged products sold in US grocery stores, including favorite snack foods like ice cream, cookies, crackers, chocolate products, cereals, doughnuts and potato chips. In fact, palm oil is likely present in some form in nearly every room of your home.

Demand for palm oil is skyrocketing worldwide. The recent spike in use by the US snack food industry is due in large part to Conflict Palm Oil being used as a replacement for controversial trans fats. The oil is extracted from the fruit of oil palms native to Africa, now grown primarily in Indonesia and Malaysia.

Conflict Palm Oil production is now one of the world’s leading causes of rainforest destruction. Unchecked expansion is pushing new plantations deep into the heart of some of the world’s most culturally and biologically diverse ecosystems. Irreplaceable wildlife species like the Sumatran Rhino, Sumatran Elephant and the Sumatran and Borneo orangutan are being driven to the brink of extinction.

But Conflict Palm Oil is not only a local problem. The clearing of rainforests and carbon-rich peatlands for new plantations is releasing globally significant carbon pollution, making Conflict Palm Oil a major driver of human induced climate change.

Palm oil production is also responsible for human rights violations as corporations often forcefully remove Indigenous Peoples and rural communities from their lands. Tragically, child labor and modern day slavery still occur on plantations in both Indonesia and Malaysia.

Is this really the price we should have to pay for our snack food? Of course not. We must stop Conflict Palm Oil in its tracks. That’s why Rainforest Action Network is fighting back, putting pressure on 20 of the most well known food companies in the world, the Snack Food 20, to get Conflict Palm Oil off the shelves right now.

United as customers and citizens, we’re telling brands that orangutans and the forests they live in are worth more than the pennies they’re saving. We are demanding that they commit to only using responsible palm oil produced without causing the destruction of rainforests, carbon rich peatlands or the abuse of human rights.

The crisis caused by Conflict Palm Oil is urgent and the stakes are high. Luckily, there is something you can do about it. Join us as we take on the Snack Food 20 and win!

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  • commented 2015-08-19 15:42:43 -0700
    Please just stop it! There’s no need to kill animals just for profit.
  • followed this page 2015-08-17 03:34:54 -0700
  • commented 2015-07-08 07:44:50 -0700
    This is sad how we as humans are destroying our own world. We need to take a stand and defend the good for this planet and help the animals that we are killing as well.
  • commented 2015-07-08 07:44:46 -0700
    This is sad how we as humans are destroying our own world. We need to take a stand and defend the good for this planet and help the animals that we are killing as well.
  • followed this page 2015-07-08 07:44:38 -0700
  • commented 2015-04-18 11:10:42 -0700
    Good news – KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell have just adopted a policy of ensuring their palm oil is deforestation-free, thanks to a campaign by
  • commented 2015-03-30 03:40:00 -0700
    Save the orangatangs!!!!! Read the labels
  • commented 2015-03-05 19:14:00 -0800
    No more palm oil. I now read everything I buy.
  • followed this page 2015-02-27 13:52:00 -0800
  • commented 2015-02-24 19:21:10 -0800
    Is RSPO, Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil, the correct group to appear on sustainable palm oil packaging as certifying it is OK to buy? If not, what certification should appear on packaging? I’m having a conversation with customer service at Trader Joe’s about an item they are selling. It is called Trader Joe’s Red Palm Oil. They say it comes from family farms in Northwest Ecuador on land that was not cleared of any rainforest and was previously used for farming. However the bottles of it do not say anything as to it being sustainable.
  • followed this page 2014-12-09 19:54:17 -0800
  • commented 2014-12-08 23:34:19 -0800
    You may check from the Google Earth, fro the above you may see the palm oil plants land covering, almost 80% of our landscape.
    If one tree, consume 25 litres a day, then how many trees that are out there drink ours. In rainy seasons and monsoons, the land are compacted by acidity of fertilizers. They need heavey fertilizers to make it more harvest. The soil acidity allowing no other plants to be cultivated in between. Does the palm oil that vast has turned our residents welfared? the answer is no, and never will. does it bring our boys to have their employment available every year they finished study? unfortunately no. So what is good to us? our streets were broken by their trucks, with no responsibility to repave them. Our air was blacken to high carbon emition, do they make any research, how many air-pollution related diseases ever recorded? not a single one.
    Does the vast brings paradise to the biodiversity? not at all. In opposite they brought hell to the life of orang utans, and elephants, because elephants eat the soft crest on top of the plants.
    So, we want them go, or at least change them to something worthfull substitute
  • followed this page 2014-11-04 20:02:28 -0800
  • commented 2014-08-18 19:30:07 -0700
    They should stop this, they still have time.
  • followed this page 2014-08-18 10:39:21 -0700
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  • commented 2014-07-20 07:30:49 -0700
    pepsi = greed
  • commented 2014-07-19 00:51:52 -0700
    I think
    I am only one person,
    what’s the point?
    Then I imagine
    a million people
    getting the point!
  • commented 2014-07-18 12:04:04 -0700
    I do not purchase any item, snack, or beauty product that uses palm oil. And I do not purchase Pepsi products or frequent their fast food franchises. It takes an effort to say no to palm oil but we have done this and you can too.
  • commented 2014-07-18 07:55:49 -0700
    Seriously?! PepsiCo has no respect for the common humankind or the rainforests!
  • commented 2014-07-18 07:33:00 -0700
    Oh Pepsi, why are you so awful?
  • commented 2014-07-18 07:04:29 -0700
  • commented 2014-07-18 05:43:57 -0700
    This is outrageous and should stop before is too late.
  • commented 2014-07-18 02:19:30 -0700
    I’m so sorry for the lack of love for nature – just profit counts. I’d like to leave my daughter a better world. But it’s getting worse and worse. Thanks to companies like Pepsi & Co. Shame on them.
    LiveForNow shouldn’t mean rainforest destruction, climate change and human rights abuses.
  • commented 2014-07-17 23:21:52 -0700
    Boycott please.
  • commented 2014-07-17 20:32:58 -0700
    Now is the time for Action with access to international communications in our pockets 24/7, Conflict Palm Oil can be stopped if the protesters appear on TV news stuff, “Bottom Line.”.
  • commented 2014-07-17 19:12:55 -0700
    The way of the corporate world has to change, to lay their hands on profits, they do not care about nature.
  • commented 2014-07-17 18:36:48 -0700
    After Indonesia,i think Sarawak,Malaysia is the second biggest forest destroyer on this planet.We need you all to come over to Sarawak to see for yourself on the forest destruction.
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