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Do your cookies and shampoo contain palm oil? | Union of Concerned Scientists

Palm oil is currently used in thousands of products we use every day and it’s being produced at a tremendous expense to our planet’s tropical forests. Please urge the CEOs of Coca-Cola, Wal-Mart, Procter and Gamble, and Kraft, to take a lead role in driving the global market toward deforestation-free products.

It’s time for deforestation-free Girl Scout cookies!

Back in 2007, Madison Vorva and Rhiannon Tomtishen sent one single email to the Girl Scouts of the USA—that one email has grown into a six-year campaign to make Girl Scout cookies deforestation-free. In researching orangutans to earn the Girl Scout Bronze Award, Madi and Rhiannon learned that orangutans are facing extinction because their homes, the tropical forests, are being cleared—in many cases to make room for giant palm oil plantations.

Ever since they learned about this issue, the two scouts have been working hard to change the policies of the Girl Scouts USA

For more on this story, visit: It’s Time for Deforestation-Free Girl Scout Cookies! | Union of Concerned Scientists.

Profitable palm oil leaves environment poor

(CNN) — Even if you’ve never visited Malaysia or Indonesia, it’s likely that you’ve made contact with these countries through the chocolate bar you’ve just eaten or the soap you’ve just washed your hands with.

Over 87% of palm oil, a common ingredient in thousands of consumer commodities, was produced by the two countries in the past year, according to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

  • Over 87% of palm oil produced by Malaysia and Indonesia in past year
  • Palm oil is versatile ingredient in thousands of consumer commodities
  • Demand for palm oil steadily rising since the 1970s, making it hugely profitable
  • Green groups say palm oil industry threatens tropical forests, peatlands, and wildlife habitats

For more on this story, visit: Profitable palm oil leaves environment poor – CNN.com.

 

 

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