The Problem With Conflict Palm Oil: Believe it or not, one of the biggest threats to rainforests is the expansion of agriculture for food ingredients like palm oil. Palm oil plantations replace forests with a single crop – leaving no home for the people and rainforest animals who live there! Not only is the rapid growth of palm oil plantations threatening the world’s remaining tropical forests, but it is also contributing to human rights abuses and climate change. Most of this destruction is being led by U.S. corporations like PepsiCo who buy palm oil that goes into snack foods like Chewy Granola Bars and Doritos. Join us in asking PepsiCo to change its practices.
PepsiCo: Do the Right Thing!
Since PepsiCo sells its products in more countries than any other snack food company in the world, the people that work there can make a big difference if they choose to not buy palm oil that hurts rainforests, plantation workers, Indigenous communities and our climate. Tell PepsiCo that you want a future that includes human rights, orangutans, rainforests and a cool climate. It’s easy, PepsiCo just needs to agree to only use good palm oil that was grown responsibly, not on rainforests, and with permission from local people.
There are two fun ways that you can help ask PepsiCo to save rainforests:
1.Get a photo of yourself and/or your class to take an #InYourPalm photo (like the one below) or holding up your letters to Pepsi and post it on Pepsi's FB page with a message that says "PepsiCo, Be a #RainforestHero for future generations. Cut #ConflictPalmOil.” We'd love to see your picture too, so please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
You can find cool orangutan masks to print out and color here
2 .Send a letter and picture to the PepsiCo Headquarters
To send a letter to PepsiCo, read the fact sheet below. We’ve also included a sample letter that you can use to write your own letter to PepsiCo. If you want to draw a picture to send in, you can draw your own picture of a rainforest or use this “We love rainforests” coloring page!
SAMPLE LETTER(Day, Month Year)Indra Nooyi, CEOPepsiCo, Inc.700 Anderson hill Road Purchase, NY 10577 Dear Ms. Nooyi,
I’m Eric, a fourth grade student who goes to a school in Anaheim Hills, CA. I’m writing to ask you to stop destroying the rainforest for the Conflict Palm Oil in Pepsi’s chewy bars and doritos.When Conflict Palm Oil is made, rainforests in Indonesia are destroyed. Indonesian rainforests are some of the most biodiverse places on the planet. If we continue to destroy the rainforests, many of the animals that live there like Sumatran Orangutans and tigers will die!Conflict Palm Oil also hurts people. People who work on palm oil plantations don’t get paid fairly for their work and sometimes, they are abused at work. So please, I’m just asking you to change the way you buy your palm oil so that it doesn’t hurt the rainforests or the animals and people that live there. I really thank you for reading my letter, and if you stop hurting the rainforest, you will become a hero.
Kids Palm Oil Fact Sheet
Why Should PepsiCo Stop Destroying Rainforests For Conflict Palm Oil?DeforestationPalm oil plantations are expanding into tropical forests in Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, and parts of Africa and Latin America. The world’s remaining tropical rainforests are some of the most biodiverse regions on the planet, and are home to many threatened and endangered species. We need to help protect the homes of animals like orangutans, Sumatran Tigers, and all of the other plants and animals that live in these special places.
Contribution to Global Climate ChangeDeforestation in Indonesia is currently emitting more greenhouse gases than all of the millions of cars, planes, boats, trucks and trains in the U.S. combined. Thats a lot of smoke! The clear-cutting and burning of forests and peat bogs account for 15 percent of all greenhouse gases emitted into the atmosphere. Indonesia is now the third largest emitter of carbon dioxide (CO2) due to deforestation, which happens largely to make way for palm oil plantations.
Displacement of Indigenous People and Local CommunitiesIn Indonesia, Indigenous Peoples are losing their rights to land to make way for palm oil plantations, and are losing their access to clean drinking water as plantations contaminate water sources with pesticides. These people are not given the right to say “no” to companies that are taking their rainforest land and converting it into palm oil plantations. Sometimes, the people who lose their land have to work on the same palm oil plantations that their land was one because they have no other choice and nowhere else to go.
Unfair treatment of workersMany palm oil plantation workers face abuse, harsh working conditions and exposure to toxic pesticides. Sometimes, palm oil plantation workers need to bring their kids to work on the plantations in order to collect enough palm fruit to get paid for their work. Sometimes workers get paid only pennies per day. That’s not fair.
Turning Small Farms into Giant PlantationsBig palm oil plantations displace small farmers. They are forced to abandon their farms, giving up their land and ability to grow food for their communities, in order to grow food and fuel crops for export.