Thursday, August 21, 2014

Silvia Ferreira: "the invasion of palm oil"

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"Palm oil is a COOKING OIL TYPE that derives from the palm-oil-Africa, originating from the West coast of Africa (Gulf of Guinea). At present, palm oil is produced in Africa, Asia, North America and South America, with 85% of its production and export the world have origin of Indonesia and Malaysia. Most of this production is not under the safeguarding of any policies of sustainability or forest protection.

Palm oil broke in literally the whole market, being present in numerous consumer products: cleaning products (detergents), toiletries and cosmetics (SOAP, toothpaste, shampoos, lotions), desserts and snacks (cookies, ice creams, snacks), among many others, being often disguised under the single name of vegetable oil or vegetable shortening (not specified). On the labels of some products may also identify him under the names of "palm oil", "sodium palmate" or "sodium palm kernelate."

The planting of Palm trees is linked to serious environmental problems, such as deforestation, habitat destruction, climate change, animal cruelty and abuse of the rights of indigenous peoples. According to the WWF (World Wildlife Fund), an area of forest equivalent to 300 soccer fields destroyed every hour to create farmland for the production of palm oil. Large-scale deforestation is pushing many species to extinction and studies indicate that, if nothing changes, species like the orangutan can be extinct wildlife over the next five to ten years, and Sumatran tigers could be extinct in less than three years.

In total, 50 million tons of palm oil are produced in Indonesia and Malaysia annually, supplying over 30% of all global consumption. This vegetable oil is approximately in 40% to 50% of all household products consumed in Europe, Canada and Australia United States.

To counter this destructive tendency, is a consumer focused and responsible and check the labels of the products they consume in their everyday life. at present are already on the market many products that appeal to an ethical consumption and do not contain this ingredient. Look for alternatives. You can also choose to do some home-made products such as cookies and crackers, handmade soaps or detergents. As vegetable oil food consumption, give preference, for example, to the traditional olive oil. "

Silvia Ferreira is reader of the Green Savers and, to my mind, this text was based on several information collected on the website Say No to Palm. Want to publish your article in our aggregator? Send us your text to or We're looking for inspiration or rant.

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