Monday, 25 May 2015
Primary Rainforest Cleared For Massive Palm Oil Plantations In Peru
"More than 9,400 hectares of closed-canopy Amazonian rainforest has been removed for two oil palm plantations in the Peruvian region of Ucayali since 2011, according to scientists working for MAAP, the Monitoring of the Andean Amazon Project." Read more here.
Also see our previous article about palm oil. There isn't enough coverage of this issue (certainly none from the main political parties) yet our society uses increasing amounts of palm oil. The obvious answer is: stop buying so much processed food. Or at least avoid anything with palm oil or "vegetable oil" (unless it gives the type, and it definitely isn't palm oil). Cut back on margarine, maybe use olive oil instead. Write to companies which use palm oil and complain - tell them you have stopped buying those products.