Thursday, October 25, 2012

Campaign Againts Palm Oil


(This article taken from an NGO site)

Nations around the world - EU group, USA, Canada, China, Brazil, India, and many more - are vast importers and consumers of Palm Oil from Indonesia and Malaysia - from the once eden rain forests of Borneo and Sumatra. India, with its rich tradition of Ahinsa (to do no harm), and in the many ways it has influenced the world over the ages, can do so once again by showing the world that animals and nature must not be harmed in the money fueled craze to produce articles for human consumption. If India, the largest importer and consumer of Palm Oil, becomes aware of Palm Oil's hidden story, and leads with its kindness, the world will soon follow. This is a letter of respect, a request to lead the world with the ancient wisdom of Ahinsa.

Orangutans are being wiped out today, right now. We unwittingly buy packaged foods, body products, even 'vegan' alternatives, many with palm oil in them grown by decimating rainforest in Borneo and Sumatra. Giant American, European and Asian corporations ply us with processed foods, lotions, shampoo, toothpaste, drinks, ice cream, cosmetics, confectionery, cooking oil products with a hidden story. Read and watch the stories of these two Orangutan mothers and weep.

Weep for them, their babies, their species, the villagers and oil palm plantation staff that torture and kill them, and the rich men that run powerful American, European and Asian corporations who have unleashed this horror.

First mother
http://www.internationalanimalrescue.org/news/2010/403/Our+team+witnesses+unspeakable+cruelty+towards+orangutans+in+Borneo.html

Second mother
Video of the deforestation for palm oil and the horrific crimes against the Orangutan
Watch http://youtu.be/xUQWpJgCEy8

The numbers are staggering. Indonesia leads the world in palm oil production, with over 25 million metric tons a year, followed by Malaysia with over 18 million.

India leads the world in domestic consumption of palm oil with over 7 million MT followed by Indonesia, China and EU. USA is #9 with over a million MT.

In its report "Frying the Forest" Greenpeace in June 2012 has called on Indians to boycott products by brands Britannia, ITC, Parle and Godrej, such as biscuits and soap, until the companies commit to sustainable palm oil supply chains. Booming India is the world's hungriest nation for palm oil, consuming almost 7.4 million tonnes last year, or 15 percent of global production, almost all of it imported, U.S. Foreign Agricultural Service data show.
Surging demand for palm oil in India for cooking and everyday grocery items is driving tropical forest destruction in Indonesia, Greenpeace said.
http://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/wilderness-resources/stories/palm-oil-for-india-destroying-indonesian-forests

If we don't speak for Orangutans, elephants and tigers being burnt, poisoned, shot and hacked to death, with infants torn away from the mothers' dead bodies to be sold off as pets...who will?

For what? A cheap, unhealthy oil that fills our food supply and daily products thanks to morally bankrupt men and women at egregious corporations with dollar signs in their eyes.

We have ALL been made complicit in an insane rampage of murder, unthinkable torture and ecological destruction ... without our knowledge or consent.

Change starts with you. Become aware of this crop. It's in the toothpaste you used this morning, and the lunch you had later. Spread knowledge. And one day the governments and corporations of the world will have to listen to the higher morals of a conscious world.

If you wish to see the companies using palm oil, by your country, here's the link
http://www.rspo.org/en/member/listing/country

RESOURCES

What happens to orangutans when the forest is taken away from them? -- Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme (SOCP)
http://www.sumatranorangutan.org/webautor-data/56/What-happens_latest-compressed-latest-April-23-smaller.pdf

Products that use palm oil, and the 30 names of Palm Oil
http://www.saynotopalmoil.com/palm-oil.php

Problem with Palm Oil - RAN factsheet
http://ran.org/problem-palm-oil-factsheet

Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) is a myth
http://understory.ran.org/2011/03/21/the-great-rspo-membership-myth-why-buying-from-rspo-members-doesnt-mean-jack-shit/

According to Greenpeace: Ruchi Soya, Adani-Wilmar, ITC, Britannia, Godrej and Parle are among the Indian companies buying from Duta Palma, one of Indonesia’s biggest palm oil companies. Greenpeace has singled out Duta Palma, which owns some 155,000 hectares of palm oil plantations in Sumatra and Borneo, for allegedly destroying rainforests and peatlands in Sumatra's Riau Province.
http://news.mongabay.com/2012/0619-frying-the-forest.html#ixzz1ymfxoz5W

Greenpeace
Sustainable palm oil?
http://www.greenpeace.org.uk/forests/palm-oil

National Geographic - Picture Gallery
Borneo's Moment of Truth
The majestic forests are vanishing in smoke and sawdust, but there’s still hope for the island’s fabled biodiversity—if the palm oil rush can be slowed.
http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2008/11/borneo/klum-photography

Unhealthy Oil - By Livestrong (Lance Armstrong's org)
Palm oil contains an unhealthy composition of fat. It is comprised of 52 percent saturated fat, a type of fat that contributes to heart disease. Many other oils are healthier choices than palm oil...Sunflower oil, Almond oil, Canola and extra-virgin olive oils.
http://www.livestrong.com/article/428369-is-palm-oil-one-of-the-healthy-oils-to-consume/#ixzz1yP7yIbQ1

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