CONFLICT 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 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
    I HATE PEPSI CO!!!!! NEVER BUY ANY OF YOUR AWFUL SHIT!!!!
  • 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.
  • commented 2014-07-17 17:34:59 -0700
    Pepsi-a family and friends boycott of all your Conflict Palm Oil products is now in effect. And just wait until this appears in our interfaith bulletins!
  • commented 2014-07-17 15:40:34 -0700
    Live for now is better scripted, “ALIVE 4 NOW”…but not for long with Pepsico dismissive attitude toward the climate and life on our too fragile planet. Live For Today, for tomorrow has been lost to corporate bottom lines.
  • commented 2014-07-17 15:17:39 -0700
    Pepsi can afford to care. None of us can afford not to. The bottom line is not how much you earn, but how much you can earn by doing the right thing.
  • commented 2014-07-17 15:00:09 -0700
    Snack Food 20 is is off the Shelves NOW!!!
  • commented 2014-07-17 14:58:35 -0700
    Please do not exploit the environment and other living beings for sheer profit and convenience! We live in a new era of cooperation and compassion. Your initiative and leadership in this area will be benefited by all.
  • commented 2014-07-17 14:58:30 -0700
    Please do not exploit the environment and other living beings for sheer profit and convenience! We live in a new era of cooperation and compassion. Your initiative and leadership in this area will be benefited by all.