Supermarkets : BAN all palm oil from own brand products

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My name is Bella Lack and I'm a 15 year old conservationist determined to help cease the large-scale decimation of the rain forests in Borneo and Sumatra- which are home to the Orangutan (who share 97% of our DNA).

Palm Oil: a ubiquitous oil found in over 50% of all packaged products on the supermarket shelves. It is packed into pizza, makeup, chocolate, margarine, shampoo, noodles, bread, crisps, detergent, ice cream and many more products...

With 5 football fields of rainforest being cut down EVERY second, we simply cannot continue in this reckless and egocentric fashion. This trail of rampant destruction that we leave in our wake is driving species such as the orang-utan, Asian elephant, tigers, leopards and many more to extinction.

Orangutans have endured life, unchanged and consistent in their home of rich greens and exoticism for over a million years. While we have enrolled in brutal battles, created flying machines and populated the world, sprawling across the continents, they have settled in the rain forests, being representatives and stewards of their home, dispersing seeds and ensuring the continuation of the forest, procreating, fabricating their families and perfecting the art of survival. All of this effort done composedly, with slow deliberate movements and resourceful, inventive minds, only for us to bulldoze into their home with acrid smoke and burning flames because we want some oil to add texture to our snacks...

With the Orangutan predicted to go extinct within the next 10 years, we have no time to procrastinate. 

Moreover, cutting down such large swathes of rainforest is a great contributor to climate change.

Furthermore, isn't it time we realise that once all the trees are cut down and the animals have been driven to extinction, the money derived from our greed will be of no use. We will also go extinct unless we hurriedly make a concerted effort to shift our unsustainable approach.

Last month, Iceland became the first UK supermarket to ditch palm oil from its own brand products. This was a commendable leap towards greater sustainability and has proved to consumers and other retail brands alike, that it is possible to eradicate this substance from products. It is possible for sustainable Palm Oil to be produced, however, at the moment, the line defining sustainability is blurry and undefined. It is unclear whether organisations that are supposed to be promoting sustainability have had much influence on what actually has been happening in the field as 'forests continue to be torn down and local people shunted to jail for protesting the taking of their land.'

It's time that we ensure our voices as consumers are not disregarded. This is not a problem that we can delay until we have the resources available, we need to act NOW otherwise we will be left staring at barren deserts devoid of life, wondering where the richly-biodiverse forest went.

(Furthermore, Palm Oil is so high in saturated fats that it increases your chance of developing metabolic disease, liver disease, and cardiovascular disease. 

'Appetite for Destruction features the filmmaker, Michael Dorgan, participating in a groundbreaking new experiment, led by a group of Swedish scientists, in which they compare eating muffins containing large amounts of palm oil to eating muffins with an equal amount of sunflower oil each day. The relative impact on human health is surprising.

In the film, Michael has a healthy 4.6 percent body fat when he starts the experiment. Just a few weeks into the study, after eating palm oil every day, his body fat jumps to 7.4 percent (nearly doubled), which adds two kilograms of fat to his body and results in a kilo of muscle loss.')



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