Palm oil is literally everywhere – in our foods, cosmetics, cleaning products and fuels. Leading environmental groups state that the displacement of indigenous peoples, deforestation and loss of biodiversity are all consequences of our palm oil consumption.
WWF state that around half of all packaged goods sold in a supermarket will contain palm oil and it is a certain that palm oil is the world’s most popular vegetable oil. In tropical environments, it grows easily and is more efficient than soya, canola, and other plants. But its popularity has spurred the rapid and uncontrolled expansion of palm oil plantations across the forests of Indonesia and Malaysia and, increasingly, the jungles of Africa and Latin America.
The warm, humid climate of the tropics offers perfect growth conditions for oil palms. Huge areas of rainforest in Southeast Asia, Latin America and Africa are being bulldozed or burnt to make room for more plantations, releasing vast amounts of carbon into the atmosphere. And, as their forest habitat is cleared, endangered species such as the orangutan, Borneo elephant and Sumatran tiger are being pushed closer to extinction. Smallholders and indigenous people who have inhabited and protected the forest for generations are often driven from their land.
Palm oil does employ people living in poverty in developing countries and these jobs provide a better life for their families; and sustainable palm oil production is gaining momentum.
In the meantime you will be pleased to read that Trophy Pet Foods does not use Palm Oil in any of their pet foods and we never have done.