It is the most commonly used vegetable oil and can be found in half of the packaged goods in the supermarket. It’s cheap and shelf stable, but the problem is that most palm oil is produced on plantations in an unsustainable and destructive manner, inflicting serious damage to our climate, the local ecosystem, and indigenous communities.
Plantations that produce “sustainable palm oil” have enabled deforestation and climate change, making certifications virtually meaningless. The palm oil industry is failing our world, so we are taking the moral high ground and avoiding palm oil all together.
The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) was formed in 2004 to promote the growth of sustainable palm oil.
Did you know that palm oil plantations that are certified as sustainable per the RSPO are actually behind deforestation?
The RSPO doesn’t tell you that all deforestation prior to November 2005 doesn't count against being sustainable. What gives?
Click the links below to see for yourself:
CNN: Borneo is Burning
New York Times: A Blood-Red Sky
Washington Post: Wildfires in Indonesia
Washington Post: Food companies face complaints of forced labor
PBS: Indigenous leaders call attention to disastrous forest fires
Reuters: Indonesia's 'Good Palm' drive enflames anger
Reuters: Malaysia hopes to pay for military equipment with palm oil
Reuters: Palm oil to blame for 39% of forest loss in Borneo since 2000
Mongabay: 81% of Indonesia’s oil palm plantations flouting regulations
Independent UK: Palm oil greenwashing is a real problem