Did you know that the food you and I eat could be killing the last endangered orangutans in Borneo?
Orangutans are being burnt to death and starved as the forests they live in are razed to the ground. Why are these forests being destroyed?
Well, the forests are being cleared so that farmers can make room for thousands of miles of oil palm trees.
A UN report discovered that palm oil is in about half of all products sold in supermarkets – it is in everything from cooking oils and margarine, pizza and ice-cream and soap.
It is often used as an “eco-friendly” alternative to fossil fuels – but every time a farmer sets fire to the rainforest and underlying peatlands in Borneo, it destroys one of the world’s largest natural carbon sinks. And it kills orangutans.
Borneo, an island located in Southeast Asia, is split between the countries of Indonesia, Malaysia, and Brunei.
Borneo orangutans cannot be found anywhere else on earth. If we don’t act, they won’t be found in Borneo, either.
Governments are fighting back. The EU is very worried about this deforestation and it is phasing out palm-oil based biofuels for now. Indonesia is contesting this decision at the World Trade Organisation, and hoping it will make the EU back down and change its mind.
Luckily, some governments are fighting back. The European Union is particularly concerned about this deadly and rampant deforestation, and it is phasing out palm-oil based biofuels for the time being. Indonesia has responded by contesting this decision at the World Trade Organization, hoping to force the EU to back down and change its mind.
If you’re looking for products which don’t have palm oil in them, take a look at Natural Collection who have over 2,400 products which are palm oil free on their online shop.
Actions for Animals
Wildlife and our last remaining wild places are being destroyed because of human action or inaction and because of our own short –term greed.
Peter Fearnhead, CEO, African Parks Network, South Africa