If you care about the Environment, then here is why you should boycott Palm Oil now

Palm oil is being used extensively in almost every package food. Confectionaries, cookies, chocolates, chips, milk and even cosmetics. Believe it or not, Palm oil is used to make soaps more creamy and lathery. Even toothpastes contain palm oil. The name itself sounds natural and not a threat to health but what you may not know is that extensive cultivation of palm oil makes the crop one of the most damaging agents to the environment.

Palm oil crops damage rain forests around the world and yet its use is in huge demand. It serves a cheap alternative to coconut and peanut oil in countries like Myanmar and Indonesia where it is being used as bio fuel too. You need to boycott palm oil immediately.

1 Massive environmental devastation

Palm oil crops grow in tropical countries and utilize huge amounts of water. Native to South America and West Africa, palm oil cultivation has even spread to countries like papa and New Guinea, Kenya and Southeast Asia. In Indonesia alone palm oil accounts for 11% of the country’s earnings through export. Unfortunately Palm oil takes a heavy toll on the ecology and extracts a huge price form the environment.

Eco systems of Malaysia and Indonesia are currently at the greatest risk because of both countries’ extensive use of palm oil. According to studies by UN Environment programs along with Princeton University US, Palm oil plantations have caused vast destruction to rain forests and are now endangering the natural habitat of orangutans in Malaysia.

Massive environmental devastation

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