Palm oil is used in thousands of products we use every day, from baked goods to shampoo. Unfortunately, palm oil is produced at a tremendous expense to our planet's forests. These forests are being cleared at an alarming rate to make room for new palm oil plantations.
This deforestation causes about 15 percent of global warming emissions worldwide!
The good news is that we have the power to change this story.
Businesses can grow palm oil on degraded land instead of forested land and existing plantations can increase crop yields to avoid the need to further expand into forests.
In June, the U.S. government announced a new joint initiative with the Consumer Goods Forum to make ingredients like palm oil deforestation-free.
Please urge the CEOs of Coca-Cola, Wal-Mart, Procter & Gamble, and Kraft Foods to ensure all the products made or sold by member companies globally are deforestation-free.
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