Today is Endangered Species Day and it’s a great time to talk about one way we are impacting these animals. One way we impact endangered species is with what we eat. One ingredient is especially bad for a few different species and it’s one that is likely in your house right now, palm oil.
You will find palm oil in everything from cookies to soap, it’s in 50% of packaged food in supermarkets. So how is palm oil hurting animals? Palm oil is often grown by cutting down and burning rainforests in order to use the land for palm oil plantations. Most of the palm oil comes from Indonesia and Malaysia. It’s associated with human rights violations, greenhouse gas emissions, deforestation, and threatening endangered animals like orangutans and sumatran tigers.
Palm oil can be grown sustainably but many companies want to take the cheap, easy, and deadly route. We must ask companies to do the right thing and save our rainforests and our animals, before it’s to late.
- Avoid palm oil unless the company unless the company shows it’s using sustainable practices for it’s palm oil.
- If a product you use, uses palm oil ask them to use sustainable palm oil.
Did you know palm oil did so much harm? Do you know how many products in your home contain it?