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Palm oil vs. the orangutan: Let’s act responsibly!
by Sonia Chartier, on 14 September 2015 co-written by Marie-Claude Coupal, Food Manager at A.Vogel Gleaned from A.Vogel's Blog Did you know that every time you wash your hands with soap, spread margarine on a piece of bread, snack on cookies, apply lipstick or light a candle, you are jeopardizing the survival of the orangutan? All of these products contain palm oil, which is widely used in the food and cosmetic industries due to its many qualities:
- It does not increase blood cholesterol levels.
- Its semi-solid texture at room temperature adds an oiliness to food.
- It is stable when heated.
- It is not expensive and its yield per cultivated area is very high.
- 83% of palm oil production and 89% of exports come from orangutan habitat.
- Over 90% of orangutan habitat has been destroyed.
- It is estimated that, currently, approximately 5,000 orangutans die each year from the effects of deforestation