Major Campaign against Palm Oil, Destroyer of Orangutans

In September we wrote about how bakers were switching from cheap transfats to highly saturated but transfat free palm oil, and that rainforests and primate habitats were being destroyed to enlarge palm oil plantations. Now the Center for Science in the Public Interest has started a major awareness campaign with full-page ads in papers like the New York TImes, stating that "Keebler, Oreo, Mrs. Fields, Pepperidge Farm and other companies use palm oil in some of their cookies. It's found increasingly in crackers, pastries, cereals, and microwave popcorn." They also have an online petition to Wal-Mart to "adopt a corporate policy on sustainable palm oil. CSPI says that as the nation’s biggest grocery retailer, Wal-Mart should reformulate its house brands to use as little of the ingredient as possible, to seek out sustainable sources for the palm oil it does use, and to insist that its suppliers to do the same." Read the ::Press Release and ::sign the petition

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