Say No To Palm Oil!

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Palm oil is a type of edible vegetable oil that is derived from the palm fruit, grown on the African oil palm tree. Oil palms are originally from Western Africa but can flourish wherever heat and rainfall are abundant. Today, palm oil is grown throughout Africa, Asia, North America, and South America, with 85% of all palm oil globally produced and exported from Indonesia and Malaysia; but most of the time not using sustainable measures.
The industry is linked to major issues such as deforestation, habitat degradation, climate change, animal cruelty and indigenous rights abuses in the countries where it is produced, as the land and forests must be cleared for the development of the oil palm plantations. According to the World Wildlife Fund, an area the equivalent size of 300 football fields of rainforest is cleared each hour to make way for palm oil production. This large-scale deforestation is pushing many species to extinction, and findings show that if nothing changes species like the orangutan could become extinct in the wild within the next 5-10 years, and Sumatran tigers less than 3 years.

If no palm oil is not a solution, then Sustainable Palm Oil is a good midpoint. If there were only sustainable palm oil farms, then there wouldn't need to be deforestation, animal abuse, and global warming. There is plenty to go around.

Personal story
My name is Zaka Blocker. I am a member of the Topeka Zoo Youth Council. Part of my job there is to help promote conservation for wildlife and other things. I think palm oil is a great subject on that. Stated in the problem, palm oil is destroying our planet in multiple ways. We need to make sustainable farms for it. Since I work at the zoo, it hurts me to see animals being treated like that. We need to help them if we wish for them to live. I am trying to make a difference in the world, and you can make one too.