Why is palm oil bad WWF?

Palm oil is a very efficient crop and contributes to rural poverty alleviation and rural development in many regions. But its irresponsible production of palm oil has caused widespread rainforest destruction and wildlife loss, exacerbated climate change, and impacted the rights of local communities.

What is the controversy with palm oil?

What is the problem with palm oil? Palm oil has been and continues to be a major driver of deforestation of some of the world’s most biodiverse forests, destroying the habitat of already endangered species like the Orangutan, pygmy elephant and Sumatran rhino.

Which everyday products contain palm oil WWF?

Palm oil is found in roughly 50 per cent of all packaged products on supermarket shelves including shampoos, baking oil, chocolate, cosmetics, chips, cookies, margarine and soaps.

Did you know facts about palm oil?

Facts on Palm Oil.

  • Provided by nature. The oil palm tree grows in regions around the equator. It is a tropical tree with leaves about 5 meters long.
  • Highest yield. The oil palm tree is the most efficient oil crop in terms of land use.
  • Palm Oil Consumption. Palm oil is the most consumed vegetable oil in the world.

Is palm oil cancerous?

It may be safe to say that you use or eat palm oil products daily. However, this product has been linked to cancer risk. According to the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), palm oil can cause cancer when processed at high temperatures.

Why palm oil should be banned?

Environmentalists argue that this farming of oil palm trees is extremely bad for the planet. Palm oil production is said to have been responsible for about 8% of the world’s deforestation between 1990 and 2008. Some also say that eating palm oil is not good for health, as it is high in saturated fat.

Why should we not use palm oil?

Palm oil is bad for health. It is very high in saturated fat causing heart disease, liver dysfunction, obesity and type 2 diabetes. Also, burning rainforest not only causes greenhouse gas emissions but fills the air with dense smoke, causing respiratory problems.

Why is palm oil Banned?

In January 2018, for example, the European Parliament – citing environmental concerns – banned palm oil for biofuels. It should come as no surprise that major palm oil producers like Malaysia and Indonesia labelled this decision ‘crop apartheid’: it reanimated the exploitative, colonial origins of the industry.

Does Cadbury use palm oil 2020?

Cadbury does not directly source any crude palm oil. Rather, we purchase palm derived products from speciality fats producers.

Why palm oil is bad for health?

Compared to other liquid oils, palm oil is relatively high in saturated fats. Palm oil is about 34% saturated fat, while olive oil is less than half of that. Saturated fats are linked to an increased risk of heart disease and chronic health conditions.

Why is palm oil cancerous?

When incorporating palm oil into foods and related products, the oil is heated. However, processing palm oil causes glycidyl fatty acid esters (GEs) to form. When digested, GEs break down and release glycidol, a substance known for its carcinogenic effects in animals and its suspected harm to humans.

Why is palm oil banned in Europe?

In December 2018, the European Union (EU) revised the Renewable Energy Directive (RED) also called RED II which bans the use of palm oil. It is said the main reason for the ban is because of bad practices on palm oil plantations.

How does the WWF support the palm oil industry?

WWF asks companies to support sustainable palm oil, taking actions that ensure their own supply chain is free from deforestation and destruction of nature. There is no excuse. Companies should have clean supply chains with 100% of their palm oil certified as sustainable, and should be taking steps to support a responsible palm oil future.

How are palm oil buyers leading the way?

The WWF Palm Oil Buyers Scorecard shows that while some companies are leading the way to promote sustainability along and beyond their palm oil supply chains, many others are lagging behind, having done little or nothing at all –or hiding from responsibility completely. PALM OIL BUYERS SCORECARD: SUMMARY

Where did the palm oil buyers scorecard come from?

The Palm Oil Buyers Scorecard has been developed by WWF thanks to financial support from the Global Environment Facility (GEF), as part of the Good Growth Partnership (GGP).

What do you need to know about palm oil?

Most packaged products are labeled with their companies’ contact information. Call or write the company and urge them to use certified sustainable palm oil and take other actions to support a more responsible palm oil industry, such as helping small-scale farmers improve their sustainability practices.