Monday, April 20, 2009

Palm Oil-What You Need to Know!!!

Ok, I'm sitting here, curled up in a chair in front of probably one of the last cosy fires of the season. Everyone else is in bed. I've actually turned the chair all the way in front of the fire so it's just me and my fireplace. I just threw another log on and I'm planning on reading a book...

Oh what? What about the title of this post?

Palm Oil.

Don't use it!!! Don't buy products that include it.

Why?

Well , since I'm all cosy and ready to read I think I'll let my friend Karley, over at Chic And Green tell you about it!

Seriously, I'm not just dropping the ball on this one and letting someone else write my post this evening. I've know about some of the negative aspects of palm oil for a little while now, but Karley has done an excellent job of laying it all out for you. EVERYTHING you need to know about this subject is in her latest post!

While you are over there, check out the rest of her blog-It's an awesome mix of natural living, indie shopping, and a little bit of everything else! She also has a WONDERFUL, and I mean WONDERFUL line of facial care products and cosmetics that she creates, HERSELF!!! They are all natural, great for your skin, and very affordable! She also lives in my town and we became coffee buddies after she bought a bowl from me on eBay! What a bargain!

6 comments:

Karley said...

Thanks, Christine!

It is still amazing to me that this enamelware bowl I am looking at from eBay gained me a new friend :)

cierzotwo said...

As I posted on the chic & green blog, most reduced fat milks (including Pittsford Dairy Farms 2% and Skim) contain Vitamin A Palmitate, which is derived from plam oil. Not to be a bummer, but since I sent you a couple other comments on the Pittsford Dairy I thought I'd send this too since I just saw this post regarding palm oil.

Christine said...

No worries, we drink a lot of their whole or cream top!

Christine said...

Karley!

I Know!! What a deal-I've never gotten a friend from eBay before!

redapes said...

Hello-- Thank you for giving so much attention to the palm oil issue!

The palm oil industry is guilty of the most heinous ecological atrocities imaginable, including the systematic genocide of orangutans. The forests of Borneo and Sumatra are the only place where these gentle, intelligent creatures live, and the cultivation of palm oil has directly led to the brutal deaths of thousands of individuals as the industry has expanded into previously undisturbed areas of rainforest.

When the forest is cleared, adult orangutans are typically shot on sight. These peaceful, sentient beings are beaten, burned, mutilated, tortured and often eaten. Babies are torn off their dying mothers so they can be sold on the black market as illegal pets to wealthy families who see them as status symbols of their own power and prestige. Please understand that I am not trying to be overly dramatic. This actually happens. It has been documented time and again.

Some of the luckier orangutans are confiscated and brought to sanctuaries such as the Nyaru Menteng Orangutan Rescue Center, which is now home to nearly 700 orphaned and displaced orangutans in Central Kalimantan (Indonesian Borneo). Many of these orangutans are only several weeks old when they arrive, and all of them are psychologically traumatized and desperate for their mothers-- who were slaughtered right before their eyes.

Nyaru Menteng is managed by a remarkable woman named Lone Droscher Nielsen. It is featured on Animal Planet's series 'Orangutan Island' as well as on the BBC's 'Orangutan Diary'.

To learn more about the crisis facing wild orangutans because of palm oil and see how you can help protect them, please visit the Orangutan Outreach website.

Thank you for taking the time to read my long comment!

Best wishes, Rich


Richard Zimmerman
Director, Orangutan Outreachhttp://redapes.orgReach out and save the orangutans!
Facebook Cause: http://causes.com/redapes

Christine said...

Rich,

Thanks so much for your informative post and links to where else you can go to support orangutans! I'm going over right now to check them out!

Thanks again!
Christine