Palm Oil

Palm oil protest stall Queen Street, Cardiff

Cardiff Friends of the Earth palm oil campaign stall, Queen Street Photo: Lindsay Maiden, Cardiff Friends of the Earth

Demand for palm oil, a vegetable oil, is the most significant cause of rainforest loss in Malaysia and Indonesia.

Palm oil is found in 10 per cent of supermarket products. These include:

  • chocolate
  • bread
  • crisps
  • detergents and
  • lipsticks.

Friends of the Earth believe:

  • Company law must be changed to minimise the environmental and social damage of UK business.
  • Companies must stop buying palm oil from destructive sources immediately.

"If no action is taken we will have to explain to our children that the orang-utan became extinct, not because of a lack of knowledge, but because of corporate greed and a lack of political will."

Ian Redmond, Chairman of the Ape Alliance