(photo credit: © naturepl.com/Anup Shah / WWF )
I've posted in the past about the link between palm oil plantations and orangutan habitat, the nutritional issues associated with palm oil, and a global day of action against conflict palm oil. Now Conservation magazine has a new article summarizing two very interesting studies on the sustainability of palm oil production. With palm oil in many of the products we buy at the grocery store, the issue of sustainable production is an important one.
What can you do to encourage sustainability?
- Learn more about orangutans and the palm oil issue! Check out the World Wildlife Fund's Informative website which tells you all about the two species of orangutan, their habitat, and threats to their habitat. Other informative sites include the National Zoo, Orangutan Foundation International, and Rainforest Action Network websites.
- Check food labels and try to support companies that are RSPO (Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil) members. Here's a helpful shopping guide (thanks Climate Mama!) where you can download a palm oil shopping guide -- take it with you when you're at the grocery store!