Palm Oil- the reality

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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.


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“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 

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Heres to a better future, until next time, Charlotte xxxx

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10 Quick Facts about Veganism

1- The term vegan was coined in 1944 by Donald Watson DW1

2- There is an estimated figure of  16million vegetarians of which around 7.5million are vegans in the US alone!

3-80% of antibiotics sold in the US are for livestock.

4- One vegan saves 1.3 million gallons of water every year

5-Humans are biologically herbivores, we were not designed to eat meat.humans-are-biologically-herbivores

6- A study done by Nobel Prize winner Elizabeth Blackburn found that a vegan diet caused more than 500 genes to change in three months, turning on genes that prevent disease and turning off genes that cause cancer, heart disease, and other illnesses

7- If we stopped eating meat the grain grown for meat production could be used to feed 1.3 billion people.Unbenannt

8-Since vegans eat no animals, each vegan saves nearly 200 animals per year.

9-Animal agriculture accounts for 51% of greenhouse gases

10-Every HOUR in the United States 500,000 animals are killed for their meat.

Heres to a better future, until next time, Charlotte xxxx