Palm oil is an edible plant oil, high in saturated fats, that is derived from the fruit of the oil palm tree. Indonesia and Malaysia account for 85% of global palm oil production and it is having devastating effects on both the environment and wildlife.
Palm oil is found in over 50% of products found in the supermarket but often is not labelled as palm oil and therefore misleading to consumers.
First, the forest is logged of all its precious hardwood timber; teak, ironwood, ebony, mahogany, sandalwood and over 70 other valuable species. The remaining trees, shrubs and debris are then set fire killing all wildlife that hasn't been lucky enough to flee the area.
Sadly this process is wiping out orangutans, they are being killed in the fires or the young are taken from their mothers to be sold or used as pets, and there mothers killed by the workers.
At present, 80 percent of the orangutan habitat has been altered or lost and on average, 50 orangutans are killed every single week.
An area of forest equal to 300 soccer fields is being destroyed every hour.
At the current rate of deforestation orangutans could be extinct in the wild in as little as 10 years.
With the proper labeling of Palm oil, consumers can push for a market of certified sustainable palm oil. This will mean controlled use of palm oil, re - planting, protection of the rainforest and no devastating effects on the environment and wildlife.
Sign this petition today if you want Sustainable Palm Oil manufacturing!
Statistics gathered from 'Say no to palm oil' and 'The Orangutan Project'.