Palm oil trees produce more cooking and food oil per acre than any other major oilseed crop – and at low prices.
Demand for palm oil comes from folks around the globe moving up the food chain (China) and here in the U.S. as a replacement for oils that contain trans-fats.
Palm oil I is derived from the fruit of the oil palm tree, a tree that a requires a tropical climate – hence the drive to destroy rainforests. Approximately 50 percent of the goods we use every day in the United States contain palm oil. Following is a sampling of the products (and companies) using palm oil (source: Friends of the Earth – also see their uploaded video here):
[quote]Palm oil production is now one of the world’s leading causes of rainforest destruction.[/quote]
Rainforest Action Network
[quote]The biggest driver of deforestation is agriculture.[/quote]
[quote]Between 2000 and 2009, 32 million acres of tropical rainforest were cut down each year.[/quote]
Environmental Defense Fund
[quote]Cars and trucks account for about 14 percent of global carbon emissions while deforestation causes 15 percent of global carbon emissions.[/quote]
World Carfree Network
[quote]An area the equivalent size of 300 football fields of rainforest is cleared each hour to make way for palm oil production.[/quote]
World Wildlife Fund
General Mills: Old El Paso tacos, Nature Valley granola bars, Betty Crocker products, Fruit roll-ups, Olay cosmetics, Cheerios.
Sara Lee: Bavarians, Cakes and cheese cakes. chocolate and fruit pies. croissants and danishes, crumbles and puddings, ice cream, lasagna, quiches.
Kraft: Easy Mac, Deluxe macaroni and cheese, peanut butter, Velveeta, Cool Whip.
Heinze: beans, spaghetti, sauces and dressings, soups, frozen meals, Weight Watchers products.
Nabisco: Oreos, Ritz Crackers, Chips Ahoy, Wheat thins.
Colgate-Palmolive: shampoos, conditioners, body washes, soaps, liquid hand-soap, shower gel.
Mars and Wrigley’s: M&M’s, Snickers, Mars bars, Milky Way, Twix, Bounty, Doublemint, Juicy fruit gum, Starburst, Skittles, Hubba Bubba, Dove (soap).
Colgate: toothpastes, mouthwash, shaving cream.