Expansion of palm oil plantations into Indonesia’s and Malaysia’s rainforests is pushing wild orangutans to the brink of extinction. We have reached The Last Stand of the Orangutan—but it’s not too late.
Take action now to call on the Snack Food 20—companies that control some of the best-known snack food brands in the world—to remove “conflict palm oil” tied to rainforest destruction and orangutan extinction from their products. These companies rely on our trust as consumers, so if enough of us speak up, the Snack Food 20 will have to change the way they do business.
Only 60,600 orangutans remain in the wilds of Sumatra and Borneo, so we’re trying to get 60,600 humans to stand up for them by calling on the Snack Food 20 to cut conflict palm oil, not rainforests. Will you be one of them?
In just the past couple weeks since we launched our ambitious new campaign to save some of the most important rainforests in the world from “Conflict Palm Oil,” General Mills and the rest of the Snack Food 20 companies have received over 20,000 messages demanding that they cut palm oil tied to rainforest destruction, orangutan extinction, and human rights violations from their products.
People who have already taken action received an automated response from General Mills in which the company claims to be “committed to striving to source 100% of our palm oil from responsible and sustainable sources by 2015 — and we are making solid process.” In other words, General Mills’ response attempts to convince the people calling for it to change its ways that the company has addressed its Conflict Palm Oil problem.
This is not the case.
You might remember that in 2010 we ran a campaign on General Mills that resulted in the company making a commitment and adopting a palm oil policy. This was a great step forward for the company, but it has not yet implemented its policy in full.
General Mills is still sourcing Conflict Palm Oil that cannot be traced to the plantation where it was grown. General Mills does not have a time-bound implementation plan for eliminating Conflict Palm Oil from its products. The company cannot guarantee that the palm oil it uses in its products is not associated with rainforest destruction, orangutan extinction, and human rights violations!
General Mills must take further action to eliminate Conflict Palm Oil from its products—this is why we have named General Mills as a member of the Snack Food 20.
- New Campaign Aims To Remove “Conflict Palm Oil” from America’s Snack Foods (prnewswire.com)
- My Sunday Morning Breakfast Snacks are Killing Orangutan? (enviroscandal.wordpress.com)
- The Power Is In Your Palm (understory.ran.org)
- America’s Top Snack Food Brands Named and Shamed in a Bid to Save Orangutans (onegreenplanet.org)
- It’s Smucker’s Turn to Feel the Pressure (understory.ran.org)
- General Mills: Getting Better On Their Palm Oil Policies (gettingonmysoapbox.wordpress.com)
- The Power Is In Your Palm (civileats.com)
- Fed Up With Cargill, We’re Taking Our Demands To Its Customers (understory.ran.org)
- General Mills Pledges to Sustainably Source 10 Ingredients by 2020 (environmentalleader.com)
- WhiteWave Foods Becomes One of the First U.S. Companies to Source Sustainable Palm Oil with Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (fool.com)