Why are people against palm oil?
By Carolyn Bessette, M.D.
The reason we avoid using palm oil is simple. The World Wildlife Fund writes “The palm oil industry is linked to major issues such as deforestation, habitat degradation, climate change, animal cruelty, and indigenous rights abuses in the counties where it is produced.” In fact, 300 football fields of rainforest are cleared each hour to make way for palm oil plantations as palm oil and palm kernel oil are used widely in in soaps, food, candles, cosmetics, and fuel sources. This deforestation and voracious appetite for palm oil is pushing many native species to extinction including orangutans and we simply don’t want to contribute to that. We prefer to make our soaps another way and avoid using palm oil altogether.
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