Your shampoo, your ice cream, your margarine, your lipstick- all of these contain palm oil. Demand is still growing, as are oil palm plantations, but at what price to tropical forests and the biodiversity found there? As a recent forum on environmental activist site Care2 details:
Some Environmental Impacts of Palm oil
Its production has been documented as a cause of substantial and irreversible damage to the Natural Environment.
Impacts include: Deforestation, Habitat loss of critically Endangered Species such as the Orangutan and Sumatran Tiger, (Java and Bali Tigers already extinct), and a significant increase in Greenhouse Gas Emissions, contributing to Global Warming; very popular for Biofuel, but the environmental impact from growing large quantities of Oil Palms has called the use of Palm Oil into question. The Pollution is exacerbated because many Rain forests in Indonesia and Malaysia lie atop peat bogs that store great quantities of carbon that are released when the forests are cut down and the bogs drained to make way for plantations.
Care2's members are extremely passionate about raising awareness about palm oil and its devastating effects on orangutans, the rain forests, endangered species and climate change. They are also hugely dedicated to taking action on behalf of orangutans.