I have seen quite a lot about useage of Palm Oil and I still cant believe that people are still buying it. A lot are saying that you should buy African Palm oil but the more African you buy the more Indonesia will compete. There is an estimated 1.5 million farmers producing Palm Oil in the world. A majority of them are in Indonesia tearing down the rain forests to clear room for the plantations. There is a high price for this logging because the Orangutans are losing their homes and the environment is being threatened as well. Worst still is that the loggers themselves are killing the Orangutans and some are torturing them first.
You would be amazed at the amount of products that contain Palm Oil ranging from chocolate to detergents, soap, toothpaste and cosmetics. Manufactures use so many different names in their ingredients that disguise the words Palm Oil. You can find the list of substitute names at www.animal.org.au/palmoilindisguise.
Amazing still is in 2008 the Food Standards Australia and New Zealand rejected an application for the compulsory labelling of Palm Oil, arguing that they have no legal capacity to hear the case!!! This resulted in only 3 vegetable oils must be labeled in food products. These are peanut oil, sesame oil and soy bean oil. The reason for this is that a percentage of the population suffer allergies to these oils. All other vegetable oils can be labelled as just vegetable oil.
So all of us Paleo hunters and gatherers out there please stop buying any kind of Palm Oil even if it is from Africa.
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on July 23, 2015
at 12:16 PM
I am sickened by the inhumane treatment of the Rainforest and her people. Now that I know what is happening... I will try to contact someone to do something!!! Sound silly? It starts with just one person that cares... It's real easy to reach the White House. We should all be endeavoring everyday to better this earth in whatever way we can.