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Palm Oil – A Food Goliath Run Amok (Part 1 of 2)

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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]

National Geographic

 

[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

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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.

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