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Palm Oil

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Elizabeth Harris

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How Many Orangutans Per Year Are Affected By Palm Oil Deforestation?
Task 2
The issue that my cabinet and I have chosen is that Palm Oil should be banned, the four questions that we came up with are;
How Many Orangutans Per Year Are Affected By Palm Oil Deforestation?
Are There any Other Animals Affected by Palm Oil?
Are There Any Alternatives To Palm Oil?
How Does Palm Oil Affect People?
Task 1
Task 3
As our bill my cabinet and I have chosen banning all palm oil products, not only in Australia, but world wide, to stop this crime altogether.
How Does Palm Oil Affect People?
In the palm oil industry is not uncommon for the government to allow corporations to take land of the Indigenous people for their own financial benefit. The palm oil industry is also linked to child abuse, as children are often made to carry heavy amounts of fruit, weed fields and spend hours collecting fruit off the plantation floors. Heat exhaustion, cuts and bruises from climbing thorny oil palms are not uncommon in these cases. The children receive little or no pay for their hard labor.
Task 7
I agree with banning palm oil for these three significant reasons, one, It kills wild life, two, it harms people, and three; there are many other alternatives for Palm Oil. Palm oil is mostly produced in Indonesia and Malaysia. In order to get Palm Oil you must cut down the home of thousands of animals. Palm oil is the main cause of orangutan’s endangerment. The Palm Oil industry is linked to many different environmental issues. These issues include: Deforestation, Habitat Destruction, Climate Change, and Animal Cruelty. What you may not know is that many of the foods you eat contain this oil. Do you really want to support the industry that is causing this damage?
Palm Oil
The three issues that my cabinet and I have chosen are:
Palm Oil should be banned
Animal Testing should be banned
Horse Racing should be banned
By Gianna Stuck
Over the last two decades over 50 000 orangutans have died as a result of deforestation due to palm oil. It is crucial that we put a stop to palm oil because if we don’t orangutans could be extinct in the next 5-10 years. 100 years ago there were thought to be over 315 000 orangutans in the wild. Now there are less than 14 600 left in in Sumatra, and less than 54 000 left in Borneo. An estimated 1000-5000 orangutans are killed each year due to palm oil and over 90% of their habitat has been destroyed in the last 20 years.
Are There any Other Animals Affected by Palm Oil?
Currently a third of all mammal species in Indonesia are considered to be endangered as a consequence of the unsustainable palm oil farming that is taking over their habitat. Although the Orangutan is the most severely effected, their story represents thousands of other species in South-East Asia facing the same situation. Some of the other species getting majorly affected are Elephants and Tigers.
Are There Any Alternatives To Palm Oil?
There is an alternative to oil which cause major damage to animal’s habitat. This is called sustainable palm oil. Sustainable palm oil is an approach to palm oil that aims to grow and harvest palms to make palm oil without causing harm to the environment and animal’s habitat. Many feel that sustainable palm oil farming has the potential to put an end to deforestation in the palm oil industry. Companies that use palm oil their products could use sustainable palm oil or just use other oils like olive oil, coconut oil, and sunflower oil.
Task 4
Some may believe that we shouldn't ban products containing palm oil in Australia. The reason they may think this way is because:

Palm oil is one of the cheapest oils to buy, therefore is is easier for companies to use palm oil in their products to save money.
Working for the palm industry is the job of some people so if we ban it in Australia the palm industry will loose money; resulting in the employees not getting paid as much.
The technological constraints linked to substituting palm oil are enormous. It is extremely difficult to replace palm oil with another substance and still have the end product include these qualities: flavor, odor, texture, and appearance.
Task 5
Task 6
Our group worked well together and we all agreed on our topic. Two group members would research one of our questions whilst the other two would work on another question so that we got everything done faster. However, I did find that some of the information retrieved was not as valuable as other pieces of information, therefore I either didn’t use the information or extended on the information.

My cabinet and I have chosen to make a bill for an act to ban palm oil. However, we have adjusted our bill so that instead of banning all palm oil (seeing as we cannot ban it globally; we can only ban it in our country) we decided that all products containing palm oil cannot be exported into Australia. This way we are still contributing to help put an end to palm oil but instead of trying to take control of other countries, we are just focusing on our main priority; Australia. All of my cabinet agrees that products containing palm oil should be banned. By banning palm oil in Australia, we are helping to put an end to the destruction of orangutan habitat and potentially helping to put a stop to the extinction of orangutans and deforestation.
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