Many of us doesn’t know that we also take a part from the extinction of this primate. When we shopping at our local grocery store, the primary threat that caused the extinction is hidden in the snack food aisle and likely in our own shopping cart.
Palm oil, the number one cause of the rainforests destruction and the extinction of orangutan can be found roughly in half of products sold in grocery store. Rainforests are being destroyed for palm oil plantation and pushing the last wild orangutans to the brink of extinction.
Skyrocketing demand has lead deforestation in Indonesia and Malaysia, where palm oil is grown, more carbon pollution into earth’s atmosphere each year than all the cars, trucks, planes, trains and ships in the United State combined. In fact, due to deforestation, Indonesia has the third largest greenhouse gas emissions behind China and United State.
Some of America’s most well known snack companies such as, Dunkin Inc., Krizpy Kreme Corp, Kellogg Comp., PepsiCo, Inc., Nestle, Hershey Comp., etc, using conflict palm oil. We as consumer undirectly responsible for the deforestation and extinction of orangutan.
I’m not saying that we have to stop buying their products, but we can control them from using conflict palm oil in their products. We can work with them to ensure that the palm oil they buy is not associated with deforestation, plantation expansion on carbon rich-peatlands, or land conflict with forest dependent communities. And as consumer we have to be smart to choose the product that we will buy.
The faith of Orangutan, forest people, and some of the world’s most rich rainforest is in our hand. We did not inherit this earth to our children, we borrow it from them. It’s our job to protect it.