Palm oil has a large impact on the environment in many ways when harvested for commercial use. In many cases, rainforests are cleared for palm oil plantations. The clearing of rainforests destroys the homes of many endangered species, including Orangutans. There are only two places remaining that Orangutans inhabit - the islands of Borneo and Sumatra, where palm oil plantations are being established now. Buying large amounts of palm oil for use in company products encourages deforestation and the destruction of biodiversity. Clearing rainforests not only affects animals, but humans as well. Trees produce oxygen, vital to our survival, and absorb carbon dioxide, a gas that worsens the greenhouse effect. There are alternatives being developed to replace palm oil as an ingredient including Algal Oil. Micro Algae produces many more gallons of oil per acre per year than oil palms. With some additional testing, this may prove far more environmentally and economically friendly, considering the high price fluctuations in Palm Oil, benefiting business as well as the world at large. We call for elimination of palm oil in products or the use of palm oil from certified sustainable and environmentally friendly plantations. Consider alternatives, and the future.
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