As a vegan almost by default you become much more aware of the mistreatment our planet suffers from as the saying goes… ‘you can’t be any environmentalist if your not a vegan’ but the point is that many people are unaware of the huge consequences of consuming unsustainably produced palm oil.
Palm oil is not only hugely detrimental to the environment since its is produced mainly through destroying the rainforests particularly in Indonesia and Malaysia to make room to cultivate the plants to produce palm oil. But also this huge deforestation has implications for the people and wildlife, specifically the orangoutangs, 50,000 orangoutangs have already died as a result of deforestation. In terms of people, the use of child labour to produce cheap palm oil is common practice as well as forcing indigenous people from their land.
So whats palm oil found in…?
“By 2020, the use of palm oil is expected to double, as the world’s population increases and as people – especially in countries like China and India – become more affluent and consume more manufactured goods containing palm oil.” -WWF
Many vegans have already become aware and cut down or removed palm oil completely from their diet, but many have not. Unless we act this situation is only going to get worse. It is crucial for people to start to become aware of the truth behind palm oil and act upon this by limiting your consumption of this product is so easy and the benefits so great…surely its worth a go…? Look out for products that contain sustainably produced palm oil as this is always an alternative.
“Around 18 per cent of the world’s palm oil production was certified sustainable in 2014, up from 10 per cent in 2011.”-WWF
Further reading on palm oil….. http://www.palmoilresearch.org/why-sustainable-palm-oil-is-so-important.html
Heres to a better future, until next time, Charlotte xxxx