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Palm oil - the hidden ingredient

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Priscilla Gomes

on 28 September 2013

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Transcript of Palm oil - the hidden ingredient

What is your relationship with these animals?
These are some of the animals found in Borneo.
Where is this place?
- Situated in Southeast Asia, the third largest island in the world is divided between Indonesia, Malaysia and Brunei.
- Many animals and plants are only found on this island (high rate of endemism).
- Approximately 3 new species are discovered each month.
This high level of biodiversity is threatened by the rapid growth of the production of palm oil!
What is palm oil?
It is a vegetable oil obtained by the plant Elaeis guineensis.
Native to Africa, the palm fruit was originally used for subsistence, but today is an essential source of income for countries like Indonesia and Malaysia, the top producers in the world.
Where is it found?
Margarine Biofuel Ink
Ice Cream Soap
Chocolate Crackers
Pesticide Lubricant and more
Can you live without palm oil?
Answer this quiz to know the answer:

Why is it so popular?
- Relatively inexpensive

- Versatile

- High productivity: it requires 1/10th of the land in relation to other oils

- Widely produced

- Efficient: Each fruit consists of about 50% oil.

So, what is the problem?
The palm plantation in Borneo is associated with some environmental and social problems such as:
- Erosion
- Human-wildlife conflicts
- Loss of habitat and biodiversity
- Problems of land tenure
- Conversion of forests
- Pollution
- Social Conflicts
- Emissions of Greenhouse Gases
- Climate change, among others ...
What should you do?
Should you boycott it?
Boycotting palm oil is not a good solution, other oils also generate large impacts.
Furthermore, the oil is very important for the economy of Borneo: the poverty rate in Malaysia fell from 49% to less than 5% in 40 years.
One of the solutions is to require that companies use only sustainable oil by Certification Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO).

Greenpeace, through its campaigns, has demanded more sustainable attitudes of various companies. The most famous and successful campaigns were against its use in products
Support some of our partners
Non-governmental organization dedicated to the study of orangutans and elephants in Borneo and their conflicts with the human population.
Research and training in tropical biodiversity managed by Cardiff University and Sabah Wildlife Departament, Malaysia.
The only sun bear conservation center in the world. The sun bear is the smallest and least known among the bears. They are also in danger due to increased conversion of forests to palm plantations.
Palm Oil
The Hidden Ingredient

Still wondering what you have to do with these animals?
are responsible for these, and thousands of other species which are threatened by increased production of palm oil in Borneo.

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Read labels. Question. Discover. CHANGE!
Priscilla Sales Gomes

Miami University
In these two countries alone, an area of ​​approximately
soccer fields of forests are destroyed
every hour
for the production of palm oil!
How can you recognize it?
It can be labeled with more than 30 different names, including: palm oil, palmitate, palm kernel, lauryl sulfate, stearic acid, palmate, palmolein, steareth, sodium kernelate, etc..
And, unfortunately, it can be labeled as vegetable oil or vegetable fat, making it difficult to be identified.
Orangutans say thank you!
Presentation developed by:
Priscilla Sales Gomes

Due in large part to the Primate conservation class from Miami University held in Borneo in 2013.
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