THURSDAY, MAY 15, 2008
THE BLOG OF THE RAINFOREST ACTION NETWORK

Preliminary Findings: The Supermarket Sleuths Report Back

Ever since TheProblemWithPalmOil.org went live, the supermarket sleuths have been checking out their supermarkets, pantries, and medicine cabinets, all looking for evidence that ADM, Bunge, and Cargill have snuck rainforest destruction into thier products.

So far, our sleuths have found 137 products that contain palm oil. They’ve found everything from Banquet Chicken Fingers Meal to Cocoa Pebbles to O Organic Butter Microwave Popcorn. From mainstream meals to organic snacks, palm oil seems to be found in everything. Not good news for the rainforest.

The Rainforest Agribusiness team will use this information to identify what companies we need to talk to about committing to never use palm oil in the future, and which companies we should begin to consider as major campaign targets. And we still need your help-- we need you to head out with your friends, with your family, or just with yourself to check out what products contain palm oil, and what alternatives are out there. It's incredibly simple-- www.TheProblemWithPalmOil.org has all the information.

Interested in getting more involved in targeting the use of rainforest destroying palm oil in food? Want to figure out how this campaign could be morphed to suit your community or campus group? Then you should join our bi-weekly conference call. Everyone is welcome to join.

The first call will be Thursday the 22nd of May at 4:30pm Pacific Time. Here’s the conference call information:

Call this number: 1-800-220-9875

Then enter this passcode: 53705125#

We’ll talk about how you can get more involved in our Rainforest Agribusiness campaign, and take action above and beyond supermarket sleuthing. I look forward to talking with you!

I’ll keep on posting updates on the supermarket sleuthing as it is ongoing. And, of course, congrats to Glenn who currently has identified the most new products. He's first in line for getting some cool RAN gear!

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