Target: Dr. Oz and producers of The Dr. Oz Show
Goal: Issue an apology for encouraging viewers to consume red palm oil and educate them on environmental impact of it
Popular celebrity Dr. Oz recently encouraged millions of viewers on his TV show to consume red palm oil. According to Dr. Oz, the oil has “incomparable, powerful nutritional virtues.”
Notably absent from his discussion of the product were any details of the devastating environmental impact of red palm oil. When demand for certain foods increases in North America, palm oil plantations in Indonesia and Malaysia expand rapidly to meet the demand. The global demand for manufactured, processed foods with long shelf lives also increases the demand for palm oil production. As more plantations pop up in the rainforests of Indonesia, precious natural resources and biologically diverse wildlife are destroyed.
Less than half of Indonesia’s original forest cover remains today, and prominent orangutan scientist Ian Singleton predicts that orangutans will go extinct in the coming years if palm oil expansion is not regulated.
Soon after his endorsement, Dr. Oz published a blog post about the importance of making sustainable decisions when it comes to food consumption. However, he has not formally issued an apology or correction on his TV show. Dr. Oz should inform the public of the environmental and political implications of consuming palm oil.
Sign the petition to tell Dr. Oz to take responsibility for his actions and spread the environmental reality of red palm oil.
Dear Dr. Oz and producers of The Dr. Oz Show,
Dr. Oz recently encouraged people on his program to consumer red palm oil due to its nutritional value. However, he failed to divulge the broader environmental implications of the palm oil industry, which has led to the destruction of natural resources and wildlife in Indonesia.
As demand for foods that use palm oil increases, more palm oil production plantations emerge in Indonesia and Malaysia, destroying the rainforest in the area and its resources. Less than half of Indonesia’s original forest cover remains today. We must do what we can to protect what’s left.
Further, the proliferation of these plantations is killing orangutans, who are native to the area. If palm oil production goes unchecked, orangutans will face extinction in our lifetime.
I urge you to withdraw your initial recommendation of palm oil and issue an apology. Posting another blog post will not suffice. The surest way to reach your followers is to make a formal correction on your show. Tell the public about the devastating effects our consumption of palm oil can have on the world.
[Your Name Here]
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