We blow the whistle for years: the oil palm is cheap but also bad for both our health and our planet. Fortunately, today sustainable alternatives exist.
Bad Cholesterol Impact
Even though palm oil is used in 50% of supermarkets products such as biscuits, cereals, crisps, baked goods and cooked food, palm oil provokes bad cholesterol since it contains more saturated fat, very dangerous for health. We must keep in mind that a high consumption of oil palm promotes heart diseases.
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A Danger for Biodiversity
Furthermore, palm oil is extracted from palm tree culture. For palm oil production several thousands hectares of rainforest are razed and burned, threatening natural habitat of animals species as orangutans.
A Sustainable Palm Oil it is Possible
A sustainable palm oil is produced in plantations certified by the RSPO. The RSPO (Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil) was established in 2003. This association is the leader of sustainable palm oil production. Present in many countries, it promotes using of green palm oil and work hard for the development of sustainable productions around the world.
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Big Firms Feel Always More Concerned
Major companies and supermarkets use more sustainable palm oil today. As a result, the WWF has just revealed his Palm Oil Buyers Scorecard 2011 which measures the performance of 132 retailers and consumer good manufacturers. It shows that one retailer in two and one industrial in five doesn’t respect the RSPO charter. Apparently, Unilever and L’Oréal respect it consciously, whereas L’Occitane and Lactalis aren’t acting very responsibly.
What consumers can do
A lot of things have to be done and everybody can contribute. What role consumers can play? First, we could starting by limit our consumption of fat food as French fries, biscuits and cooked food, choose other vegetable oils or simply pay more attention to stickers. If you read “vegetable oil” written on your products, you can guess what kind of oil is really used.
Photo credit : Life Without Palm Oil
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