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Say No To Palm Oil

Say No To Palm Oil
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. As of 2011, CSPO represented over 10% of the global palm oil market but this has increased in recent years and is projected to increase in coming years. The certification process consists of reviewing existing production operations and identifying areas that must be improved to reach the CSPO standards to then be approved by a certification body. The standards are based on eight principles which have been retrieved from the RSPO website: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) The Good: The RSPO is currently the best sustainability and social impact standard that exists around the palm oil industry.

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Palm Oil Scorecard 2015: Fries, Face Wash, Forests See the scores: Fast food | Store brands | Packaged foods | Personal care See company updates Palm oil is a globally traded commodity used in a wide array of common consumer products, from shampoo to cookies. And much of this palm oil is produced in ways that involve the destruction of tropical forests and peatlands, adding to global warming emissions and reducing habitat for many already threatened species.

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. First American Food Company Adopts Truly Responsible Palm Oil Commitment Palm Oil Innovation Group welcomes Boulder Brands Palm Oil Announcement An alliance of international NGOs and palm oil companies today welcomed the adoption of a leading palm oil commitment by Boulder Brands. Boulder Brands is the first American food company to require its suppliers to independently verify their compliance with the Palm Oil Innovation Group (POIG). Its commitment requires its suppliers to break the link between palm oil production and deforestation by protecting and restoring natural forests, and upholding human rights and the rights of all workers. “Today, Boulder Brands has put its weight behind an exciting and innovative transformation of the palm oil sector.

What causes South East Asia's haze? Image copyright AFP Forest fires in Indonesia have resulted in a smoky haze blanketing the South East Asian region for months. Both the haze and the controversy around it have intensified in recent years. But what causes it, and what makes it such a contentious issue? Delivering our “message in a bottle”: A quarter million people call for PepsiCo to cut Conflict Palm Oil The phrase “the elephant in the room” is, by definition, “an English metaphorical idiom for an obvious truth that is going unaddressed; an obvious problem or risk no one wants to discuss.” Three years into our Snack Food 20 campaign, it’s a pretty well known fact that PepsiCo is using Conflict Palm Oil throughout its global supply chain. It’s also a known fact that Conflict Palm Oil is a driver of modern day slavery, unfair wages, child labor, species extinction, deforestation, climate change, unsafe work environments, and a host of other ills, including the deadly annual haze crisis in Indonesia.

Ask Umbra: Is somebody sneaking palm oil into my food and shampoo? Send your question to Umbra! Q. Is there a database of food and household products that use vs. don’t use palm oil? If not, would there be a way that we, your readers, could crowdsource one? 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. Both species grow in tropical regions including Colombia in South America, New Guinea in the Pacific, Ghana in Africa and Indonesia and Malaysia in Southeast Asiia.

Welcome to the Malaysian Palm Oil Board // Applications // Washington, DC // 1-202-572-9768 Uses In Food And Non-Food Applications Of Palm Oil The acceptance of palm oil worldwide is due to its unique properties that encourage its use in a wide range of end products. These properties are made more versatile by the various fractions and refined forms that are available in the world market. At present, refined forms that are available in the world market. At present, refined palm olein is the major form of product exported from Malaysia. Greenpeace Southeast Asia Forest and peat fires are emerging as a global threat and are driving a public health emergency in Southeast Asia. Indonesia is the front line. And it's here where much of the smoke, known as the Haze Wave, originates. Indonesia's peat stores a massive amount of carbon – up to 60 billion tonnes, which makes it a virtual carbon bomb if even some of it was released into the air. And that's not to mention the untold amounts of air pollution to metropolises across the region, including Singapore. Over 75% of fire hotspots in Indonesia occur on peatland: partially decayed, dead vegetation which has accumulated over thousands of years and is typically saturated with water – it is virtually impossible to set alight in its natural state.

Palm Oil Fact Sheet Palm oil is a globally traded agricultural commodity that is used in 50 percent of all consumer goods, from lipstick and packaged food to body lotion and biofuels.[1] Used in about half of the products on supermarket shelves, palm oil imports to the U.S. have jumped 485% in the last decade, [2]pushing palm oil cultivation into the rainforests and making this crop one of the key causes of rainforest destruction around the globe. Approximately 85 percent of palm oil is grown in the tropical countries of Indonesia, Malaysia and Papua New Guinea (PNG) on industrial plantations [3] that have severe impacts on the environment, forest peoples and the climate. Palm oil destroys rainforestsIndonesia’s tropical rainforests are among the world’s most diverse. They provide critical habitat to species including highly endangered Sumatran tigers, Sumatran elephants and orangutans. Who is responsible? The largest privately owned company in the U.S.,[10] Cargill dominates the American palm oil market.