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Rainforest Action Network is leading a campaign regarding this issue.I'm convinced so I'm posting their message that said: Dear Dr. Oz and producers of The Dr. Oz Show,
Dr. Oz recently encouraged millions of his followers to give red palm oil a try for its "incomparable, powerful nutritional virtues." I urge you to withdraw this recommendation, and to do so on The Dr. Oz Show, not just in a blog post.
I feel confident that after looking into the broader environmental and social implications of palm oil production, Dr. Oz would want to reconsider promoting this destructive oil to millions of consumers who would unwittingly become contributors to the demise of tropical rainforests and all the fragile species that depend on them.
The rapid expansion of palm oil plantations in Indonesia and Malaysia is a direct result of our food decisions here in North America. Global demand for manufactured foods with long shelf lives such as cookies, cereals, crackers and chips, has increased demand for the vegetable oils found in many of these productstypically palm oil.
The spike in demand for palm oil has increased the incentive for the rapid expansion of palm plantations into the rainforests of Indonesia, causing widespread destruction of our planet's most culturally and biologically diverse forests. Today, just under half of Indonesia's original forest cover remains. The world's leading orangutan scientist, Ian Singleton, estimates that orangutans will be extinct in our lifetime if unchecked palm oil expansion isn't halted right now.
I thank you for posting about sustainability on your blog, but that does not go far enough to correct the misinformation given to millions of viewers. Please issue a retraction of this disastrous recommendation on The Dr. Oz Show.
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