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One of Many Palm Oil Plantations

Plantings Right Up to River's Edge

Plantings Right Up to River's Edge

Palm Oil Nursery

Palm Oil Tanker Trucks

Just a Sample...Palm Oil Trees As Far as the Eye Can See...

New Plantings Everywhere

SEE PHOTOS DATE 9/30/12 Semporna

If you're anything like me, when you go to the store, you're thinking about which option is the best for the planet. But sometimes the "sustainable" product you're buying isn't as environmentally friendly as you thought, especially if it contains palm oil.

You may not think you buy much palm oil, but it is an ingredient in thousands of products we use every day, from baked goods to cleaning products to shampoo. Unfortunately, all that palm oil is being produced at a tremendous expense to our planet's tropical forests and our atmosphere. Tropical deforestation causes about 15 percent of global warming emissions worldwide!

It is possible to grow palm oil without destroying tropical forests and many companies have made public commitments to environmentally friendly and sustainable palm oil. Unfortunately, the group that certifies "sustainable" palm oil, the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO)—made up of nonprofits and businesses such PepsiCo, Kraft Foods, and Wal-Mart—still considers deforestation a sustainable practice. While many companies plan to use RSPO certification to meet their commitments, it's clear that the standards aren't strong enough.

It's time to put the RSPO on notice and let them know you will be holding companies to a higher standard.

Please tell the RSPO that there's nothing sustainable about forest destruction and that you will be demanding that their member companies go beyond RSPO certification to meet their environmental commitments.

Visit RSPO Website

Take action now!

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