Remove Palm Oil From Products

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Dear Nestlé,

 

Palm oil is found in the majority of items we encounter on an everyday basis. We use these items without the knowledge of the consequences they impose on the environment and our ecosystem. To understand how often we use these products we need to know what palm oil is found in. Some products that we use on a daily basis that contain palm oil include bread, makeup, shampoo, chocolate and much more. The cost of palm oil brings high profits to large corporations, some of which include: Starbucks, McDonalds, Dunkin Donuts, Subway, and many more. Nestlé is one of the largest users of palm oil because of their products that have a high concentration of palm oil such as their special chocolate, candy, and different self-care and pet-care products. The high profits that are being collected by companies cause ignorance toward a problem of extinction of orangutans. Suffering of the forest and death the of orangutans are being ignored. The fires that are burning down forests are releasing CO2 into the environment which has a negative effect on all living things. Palm oil obviously has a negative effect in multiple areas, therefore, we must REMOVE PALM OIL FROM PRODUCTS.

 Indonesia’s forests are currently under destruction by these specific palm oil companies. According to Abrahm Lustgarten, a writer for The New York Times, “The fastest method was to rip out the forests with excavators and torch what remained. In 2015, the fires spread out of control. Kalimantan — and most of Indonesia, for that matter — was overwhelmed by billowing clouds of smoke and ash, visible from hundreds of miles away.” The fires that are burning the forests down are causing the deaths of many animals that inhabit the area. This is a major wildlife crisis that we need to end. According to Ceren Senkul, a news reporter for Sky News reveals, “the mass production of palm oil is linked to deforestation, habitat loss, climate change and animal cruelty.” Orangutans are being displaced, away from their families. These voiceless and confused animals are being cleared from their homes and their food supply. Unfortunately, with the continuation of these palm oil companies invading the homes of the orangutans, we will not have these friendly creatures in our ecosystem. Orangutans have the ability to eat the fruit on the trees and then disperse the seeds. This specific behavior preserves and continues the growth of forests in Indonesia. Without the orangutans, the balance in the ecosystem will be bothered.

The fires are releasing CO2 into the air which is causing global warming to occur faster; resulting in the decline of our ecosystem. According to Jay Michaelson, a writer for Blood and Palm oil, “each day in Indonesia, forest fires release as much carbon dioxide as the entire United States. The fires have been burning since July, thanks to a combination of slash-and-burn land clearing, flammable peat soil, and El Niño.” Although these fires are not occurring in our own backyards, we will soon experience the currently unseen effects. The CO2 that is released from the fires cause a more severe impact to the environment; a potential greater effect than greenhouse gases that we are currently experiencing. The effects of what are occurring right now will soon add up and cause illnesses like heart disease, lung diseases, and asthma, among the families in Indonesia. Currently, we are unable to capture the long term effects that will occur among the entire world.

There is a much needed solution to this ongoing problem that has recently captured the eyes of the media. Senkel claims, “No. Palm oil can be grown without destroying rainforests, so if you opt for products which contain sustainable palm oil there is no need to boycott anything, just alter your choices.” The choice is yours; we can stop the production of palm oil. We can stand up for the animals and call for a safer choice to substitute for palm oil. The choice and power is in our hands.  

Sincerely,

Emily Shirvanian