Palm Oil Crisis Update 2019
As you know, the Erie Zoo is very fond of our resident Bornean Orangutans! Joe, Dasa, Ollie, and Otis are beloved members of our family and we are encouraging everyone to take a moment to read about how you can help prevent the extinction of their species by engaging in sustainable palm oil practices. Please read the information, download the shopping guide apps, and visit the links below to see how you can help save the orangutans!
What is palm oil?
It is a type of vegetable oil. It is found in many foods, so you probably eat it every day. It is also found in some bath products.
Palm oil comes from West Africa, but can grow in other tropical climates. Most oil palms are grown in the islands of Borneo and Sumatra which are the only two places in the world where orangutans live.
Palm oil is not something that is part of a rainforest; it is a crop that was introduced. It needs a tropical climate to grow. Therefore many rainforests are being cut down in order to plant more palm oil plants.
The palm oil plants can produce 5 to 10 times as much vegetable oil as soy or other plants farmed in the same amount of space.
The way palm oil is grown makes all the difference.
There is a special group call the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO). They make sure that palm oil is grown in a way that is sustainable and does not hurt the rainforest or the animals that live there.
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Source: Cheyenne Mountain Zoo - www.cmzoo.org