Palm Oil’s Dirty Secret: The Many Ingredient Names For Palm Oil Click to view full-size infographic Did you see the palm oil infographic we released today? I hope so! If you haven’t seen it yet, check it out. Were you shocked to find out that palm oil is in half of the products in your pantry? Yep, that’s right, palm oil is in roughly 50% of all packaged goods, from cookies, peanut butter, and breakfast cereal to cleaning products, laundry detergent, lipstick, and body lotion. Are you wondering how that’s possible, because you don’t see the words “palm oil” on many of the ingredient labels in your pantry? Here’s the scoop: Palm oil is often disguised, hidden behind many different ingredient names you probably don’t recognize when you go to your pantry or bathroom to check. To help you navigate these confusing waters and avoid unwittingly voting for rainforest destruction with your dollars, here is a partial list of other names for palm oil-derived ingredients:*
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Life Without Palm Oil Feelings Topic for ESL Kids feelings topic Learn and practise English vocabulary connected with the theme Feelings: angry, bored, cold, happy, hot, sad, scared, sleepy, surprised, tired. The Feelings Unit contains materials to introduce, practise and revise new vocabulary. You can work through the topic-unit in any order feeting your needs, but we recommend this way: 1. learn Study the picture dictionary first. 4. print out Have more fun with our printable materials. Palm Oil and How it threatens Orangutans Palm oil is derived from the fruit of the oil palm tree. The palm fruit yields both palm oil and palm kernel oil. Palm oil is extracted from the pulp of the fruit and is an edible oil used in food. Palm kernel oil is extracted from the seed of the fruit and is used in the manufacture of cosmetics. There are two main species of oil palm tree; Elaeis guineensis, native to West Africa and Elaeis oleifera, native to Central and South America. Palm oil plantations are the main driver for deforestation in Indonesia and Malaysia. What is The Orangutan Project's position on palm oil and the RSPO? The RSPO, in part, calls palm oil sustainable if produced from land cleared before 2005. What is the Threat to Orangutans? Palm oil is often cultivated in an unsustainable way, particularly in Indonesia and Malaysia. Environmental Impacts The United Nations Environment Programme has announced that palm oil plantations are now the leading cause of rainforest destruction in Malaysia and Indonesia.
hello kitty tree Palm oil Fruit from the oil palm © Greenpeace/Solness Our consumption of palm oil is rocketing: compared to levels in 2000, demand is predicted to more than double by 2030 and to triple by 2050. Over 70 per cent ends up in food, but the biofuels industry is expanding rapidly. Indonesia already has 6 million hectares of oil palm plantations, but has plans for another 4 million by 2015 dedicated to biofuel production alone. Biodiesel fuelling palm oil expansion Commitments from various governments to increase the amount of biofuels being sold are pushing this rise in demand, because they're seen as an attractive quick fix to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. But this phenomenal growth of the palm oil industry spells disaster for local communities, biodiversity, and climate change as palm plantations encroach further and further into forested areas. Much of the current and predicted expansion oil palm expansion in Indonesia is taking place on forested peatlands. Sustainable palm oil?
laurens tree Say No To Palm Oil | Whats The Issue Certified Sustainable Palm Oil (CSPO) CSPO represents the certification process where palm oil growers must commit to real credible sustainability standards through time-bound plans. There is an increasing demand for palm oil that is sustainably certified in Europe and North America, including big names such as Walmart, Unilever and Nestle. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) The RSPO is a multi-stakeholder organization that was founded in 2004 as a response to pressure from the negative attention the industry was getting for its environmental and social impacts. The Good: The RSPO is currently the best sustainability and social impact standard that exists around the palm oil industry. The Bad: One of the main criticisms of the RSPO standard is that it still permits planting of palm oil on peatlands and cleared secondary forests.
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VIDEO: Say no to dirty palm oil Palm oil is a staple food for millions of people worldwide, and it is an ingredient or component of 50% of packaged consumer products, from chocolate, to biodiesel, to shampoo. As a commodity, its ubiquity, high yield, and versatility of uses make it virtually irreplaceable. In the US alone, imports of palm oil have increased by a factor of five in the last decade. However, some producers have sought to exploit the versatility and growing popularity of palm oil to make a quick buck. An excavator clears forest for oil palms near a national park in Indonesia. Indonesia’s forests have suffered the most from this shift toward dirty palm oil production. The Sumatran tiger is the smallest species of tiger. Thankfully, alternatives exist. Those companies responded because their customers demanded it. However some companies have still not gotten the message. Jason Schwartz Jason Schwartz is the editor of the EnvironmentaList.