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Campaign to save tropical forests failed by food giants Project to create sustainable palm oil project undermined by Western firms

Posted by Lindy on January 30, 2010

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Palm oil, the cheapest  vegetable oil around that is used in processed foods, Dove soap and also  in biofuels has resulted in the mass destruction of the rain forest, in Indonesia in particular. Seven years ago houshold products giant Unilever and the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) founded the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) seven years ago, to encourage producers of the oil to produce it in an envirnmentally sustainable way.

In November 2008, the first certified supplies in Europe arrived, yet Tesco, Asda, Morrisons, Procter & Gamble, Nestle, Allied Bakeries and even Unilever did not buy any separate certified RSPO oil last year. They are waffling on (as you will see in the article) about increasing its use by 2015. What ARE they waiting for?

After a bit of a search for the Press Office emails of these companies, I have shot off a brief email to several of them – if/when I get a reply, I will add the emails to the site – so you too can make a pain of yourselves!!

[This is because I am not sure I have the correct contacts, but when someone does repsond, I will let you know]


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