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 the oil palms native to Africa, now grown primarily in Indonesia and Malaysia but also expanding across Central and West Africa and Latin America.
Rainforest Action Network launched out palm oil campaign with no less of a goal than to fundamentally change the global marketplace for this commodity. From face-to-face meetings with top corporate officials, to nonviolent direct actions at corporate headquarters, to banner drops calling out bad actors, to brand jams designed to disrupt the public relations plans of our targets, RAN has placed mounting pressure on these companies and coined the now widely used term "Conflict Palm Oil."
Conflict Palm Oil production is now one of the world's leading causes of rainforest destruction. Plantation expansion is pushing 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 Bornean 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.
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 twenty 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.