Killing Fields: Palm Oil Farming

Even though there is thousands of acres of abandoned farm land capable of reaping crops, Palm Oil farmers always prefer to use already live forests to grow plantations. This is because Palm Oil takes at least 5 years to begin producing, and the farmers use the profit from the timber sales to fund the first few years of operation.

Loss of the forests results however, in the loss of capability to absorb CO2 and convert it into oxygen, which is nature’s way of balancing all other beings carbon dioxide emissions. As well as this, the peat swamps in which the forests grow are disturbed, releasing massive amounts of CO2, alongside the air pollution and even more CO2 released during the burning part of the ‘Slash and Burn’.

As you can see, with the thousands of trees cut down continually, this is causing a massive problem for the environment. PLEASE check the products you buy every day – if they contain Palm Oil, reach for a substitute. Contributing to this by increasing demand will only exacerbate the problem.

Prime Concern has listed two short lists of consumer companies currently employing farmers, using SUSTAINABLE and UNSUSTAINABLE Palm Oil crops:

SUSTAINABLE:
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Bertolli, Birds Eye, Blue Band, Cadburys, Comfort, Domestos, Dove, Hellmans, Kelloggs, Knorr, Lipton, Lush Cosmetics, Schweppes, Sunsilk, Surf, The Body Shop, Vaseline.

UNSUSTAINABLE:

Avon, Ben & Jerrys, Bumble & Bumble, Clinique, Herbal Essences, Kraft, Lancome, L’Oreal, Mars, Maybelline, McDonalds, Milky Way, M&Ms, Neutrogena, Palmers, Quaker, Revlon, Skittles, Starburst, Sweet n’ Low, Urban Decay, Walkers.

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2 Responses

  1. Oil palm trees are trees too! A plantation replaces one forest with another. They may not be producing for 4 years, but during that time they are growing and absorbing CO2 to grow.

  2. You would have to be absurdly insane to justify the removal of precious natural rain forest land for development of agricultural practice. Not only is this an unsustainable means of developing a stable economy, but so many other ecological principles and interactions are placed in the path irrevocable damage.

    In lame terms: killing our environment kills us.

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