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Future generations, as close as my children, might not get to see orangutans, or tigers, or polar bears for that matter as the destruction of the rainforest releases massive amounts of carbon emissions contributing to global warming further. We need to take a stand on this issue, before it is too late.
If Dr. Oz does believe palm oil is such a great product that people should be using, he should promote only sustainable palm oil and talk about the issues associated with unsustainable sources. He is a very influential person in the health & wellness sector, and offers great healthy living information so he holds a huge role in ensuring people are also making environmentally sound choices. His show on the benefits of palm oil influenced millions to buy it. If he had talked about the sustainability aspect, that would have been millions compelled to buy it from a sustainable source, and have the knowledge on this important topic.
Dear Dr. Oz,
I am a big fan, and have watched many episodes, as you offer great healthy living advice and I think today it is so important that there is someone like you offering alternatives to conventional medicine. Recently you had a show promoting the use of red palm oil. Palm oil has various negative impacts both socially and environmentally that are important to consider when promoting such a product. I'm sure you have been notified by now of the destruction of the rainforest, endangerment of animals, and harm on the indigeneous peoples that this product's production causes. Being such an influential person, it is vastly important that your viewers understand these implications associated with unsustainable practices. Sustainable palm oil is available, and if the millions of people compelled to buy this product from your show were aware of these implications, they would have been compelled to buy a sustainable version, making a demand on sustainable palm oil, not its nasty counterpart. I'm sure you have read countless letters outlining this same information, and encourage you to set your viewers straight. I can only make a difference in my friends and family when it comes to environmental and ethical issues. You can make a difference with millions of viewers that value your opinion and support your show. Support us back and give your viewers the information to make positive healthy living choices that are also sustainable. I understand its a television show, and talking about the sheer horror of burning orangutans and such is not what drives ratings, but a small heads up about choosing sustainable and mentioning that there are negative impacts associated with unsustainable products is important when promoting certain products. I can guarantee that some people jump off their couch and go buy what you have just promoted on your show immediately, people listen to you and trust your every word, therefore it is imperative to just let them know during that particular show about buying this product, but only if its certified as sustainable. I hope you consider this, and thank you so much for reading this letter. I think it is great what you are doing with your show, and I think it would be invaluable if you made this small change.
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