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How can I avoid products containing palm oil?
Palm oil is found in about one in ten of the goods we buy from supermarkets. These include:
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Palm oil plantations are often grown on land that was once rainforest.
In Indonesia, the huge demand for palm oil is putting pressure on endangered species like:
Laws meant to protect rainforest are often too weak to withstand the demands of palm oil companies for new plantations.
As plantations expand, local people are being displaced from their community forest land. Many communities battle for years for the return of just a small plot.
Land and water supplies can become degraded and polluted as palm oil production is intensive and relies on pesticides.
Even the greenest consumer can't avoid products with palm oil in them. This is because palm oil is often listed as vegetable oil on product labels.
A boycott would be impossible and perhaps irresponsible - it wouldn't help communities who are already struggling to survive on less than a living wage.
British businesses are involved at every level of the supply chain, from investor to retailer. Friends of the Earth thinks they could do a lot more to source and develop sustainable palm oil production.
We need new rules for big business to be accountable for their social and environmental impact.