Make Companies be Honest About Palm Oil Use

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Target: Robert Califf head of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

Goal: Make companies list if palm oil is used in the products they sell.

Palm oil is a big part of consumers lives, whether they realize it or not. The incredibly versatile product can be transformed into snacks, body wash, biofuel and much more. When palm oil was first introduced it was grown in small, sustainable fields. However as the demand for palm oil increased, the pressure to push fields into sacred lands increased. The amount of land taken over to grow palm oil has doubled in the last ten years, and is set to double yet again by the year 2050.

The production of palm oil has had a number of negative effects on the environment and over the years has gotten incredibly unsustainable. Companies take land away from endangered animals like elephants and tigers to use for their products. Animal and environmental activists have attempted to steer clear of these products in recent years, however greedy corporations are finding ways to lie about their palm oil use. The companies list palm oil under unrecognizable names like Elaeis guineensis or Octyl palmitate. There is over 25 names used to hide the use of palm oil.

Sign this petition and demand companies mark their products properly if they contain palm oil. Those trying to avoid supporting companies that take over natural environments for their own profit should be able to know which products not to buy.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mr. Califf,

I am writing you today because I am disgusted by the lies major corporations tell to their consumers about their use of palm oil. In recent years, the high demand for palm oil has pushed companies into unsustainable behavior just to provide products to profit off of. In the last ten years alone the production of palm oil has doubled, and it is expected to do so again by the year 2050. The land taken to grow the vegetable used for palm oil is stolen from endangered animals, such as tigers and elephants.

In recent years animal and environmental activists have attempted to steer clear of products containing palm oil to send a message to corporations that they are not in support of their destructive behavior. However, with palm oil in products from shampoo to biofuel companies have found a way to lie to it’s consumers about their palm oil use. Companies have began listing palm oil under false names to trick people into buying their product.

I urge you to force companies to label their products honestly if they contain palm oil. Consumers should not be tricked into buying products they do not believe in.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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