Whole Foods Market® Supports End to Unsustainable Palm Oil

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Natural and Organic Grocer Joins Rainforest Action Network In Movement to End Rainforest Destruction
Tuesday, February 24, 2009

SAN FRANCISCO – Whole Foods Market has joined Rainforest Action Network (RAN) in expressing concern for the unsustainable practices of the global palm oil industry and calling for change in the U.S. Market. The largest organic retailer in the U.S. has voiced its commitment to sourcing palm oil that does not contribute to destroying the world’s remaining tropical rainforests, displace communities or contribute to global climate change.

One of the most popular ingredients in many cosmetic and consumer goods, palm oil has also become the leading driver of deforestation in Southeast Asia, and increasingly the Amazon rainforest, as Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea and Brazil raze their unique forestlands to plant the crop. U.S. agribusiness giants Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) and Cargill play a leading role in this destruction, by importing palm oil to sell to U.S. retailers that use palm oil in soaps, lotions and packaged foods.

“With the statement on their website, Whole Foods Market is sending a clear signal that they do not want to be associated with the destruction of rainforests due to the expansion of oil palm plantations,” said Leila Salazar-Lopez, director of RAN’s Rainforest Agribusiness Campaign. “We applaud Whole Foods for their leadership and urge other companies and palm oil suppliers to add their voices to this call for change in the U.S. palm oil supply chain.”

Whole Foods Market joins 37 other food, cosmetic and consumer goods companies and two organic palm oil suppliers who have signed a Rainforest Action Network (RAN) pledge to seek more sustainable ways of sourcing palm oil. The full pledge and more information can be found at www.theproblemwithpalmoil.org.

The Whole Food Market statement on palm oil can be found below or on their website at:




Rainforest Action Network runs hard-hitting campaigns to break North America’s fossil fuels addiction, protect endangered forests and Indigenous rights, and stop destructive investments around the world through education, grassroots organizing, and non-violent direct action. For more information, please visit: www.ran.org