By Lucilla Partridge
In the spirit of engaging young people who are involved in conservation, please see below a new blog from Lucilla Partridge who is giving her own perspective
In this blog I am going to be talking how Palm Oil Plantations have a massive impact on our environment. It is not the Palm Oil itself that is the problem but the deforestation (and water pollution) caused by these Palm Oil Plantations.
The forests being destroyed for Palm Oil Plantations in Borneo and Sumatra are the only places on earth where Orangutans live.
Scientists estimate that in 20 years, Orangutans will become extinct.
It is not just Orangutans that are under threat from Palm Oil Plantations; they threaten other species including Forest elephants, Western lowland Gorillas, Nigeria-Cameroon chimpanzees, Preuss’s red colobus monkeys, and even aquatic mammals such as manatees.
The advantage of palm oil trees is that for the plantation owners the palm oil trees grow much faster and are harvested more than any other trees. This means more money for the owners and explains why palm oil is growing more rapidly than almost any other agriculture commodity – millions of forest acres have already been devastated in Malaysia and Indonesia. There are a further million acres of rainforest in Central Africa imminently threatened by Palm Oil Plantations.
This is why we need to do something!
Did you know Nutella contained Palm Oil?
I didn’t, and I loved it; BUT IT CONTAINS PALM OIL.
It is not just Nutella that includes Palm Oil, many other consumer products do. 50% of products you buy contain Palm Oil, for example Oreos do!
If we don’t do something, much more destruction could follow.
We can make a difference if we try!
To do this, we must try to think more about what we eat- buying better alternatives when they are available and where they are not, buying products containing certified sustainable palm oil. You can read more about products containing palm oil here.
2% of the total import of palm oil in the food sector is used in biscuits (150,000 tonnes per year), and in Britain we consume 4.4 million biscuits every day. We should avoid the biscuits with a red traffic light.
We can do this!!