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The Problem With Palm Oil:
Believe it or not, one of the biggest threats to rainforests is the expansion of agriculture for food ingredients like palm oil. Palm oil plantations replace forest with a single crop – leaving no home for rainforest animals! Not only is the rapid growth of palm oil plantations threatening the world’s remaining tropical forests, but it is also contributing to human rights abuses and global warming. Most of this destruction is being led by U.S. corporations like Cargill who buy and sell palm oil that goes into everything from cereal, cooking oil and candy bars to lipstick, soap and agrofuels. Join us in asking these companies to change their practices. We will collect your letters and hand-deliver them all at once.
Cargill: Do the Right Thing!
Since Cargill buys more palm oil than any other company in the U.S., they can make a big difference if they choose to not buy palm oil that hurts rainforests, family farmers and our climate. Tell Cargill that you want a future that includes orangutans, rainforests and a cool climate. It’s easy, Cargill just needs to agree to only use good palm oil that was grown responsibly, not on rainforests, and with permission from local people.
Please send all letters to:
Cargill Letter Drive
Rainforest Action Network
221 Pine Street, Suite 500
San Francisco, CA 94104
Day, Month Year
Mr. Gregory Page, CEO
15407 McGinty Road West
Wayzata, MN 55391 USA
Dear Mr. Page:
I’m Eric, a fourth grade student who goes to a school in Anaheim Hills, CA. I’m writing to ask you to stop destroying the rainforest to grow palm oil.
Last month, I did a report on the tree frog. You might be interested to learn that some of my animal’s species are becoming extinct, and one of them already is. Between 1950 and 2001, half of the ancient rainforest has been cut down. Most of the world’s medicines (70 percent of cancer medicines) are only found in the rainforest. If we continue to destroy the rainforests, many of the animals that live there will die!.
So please, I’m just asking you to change the way you grow your palm oil so that it doesn’t hurt the rainforests. I really thank you for reading my letter, and if you stop hurting the rainforest, you will become a hero.
Why Should Cargill Stop Destroying Rainforests For Palm Oil?
Palm oil plantations are expanding into tropical forests in Indonesia, Malaysia and Papua New Guinea. The world’s remaining tropical rainforests are some of the most biodiverse regions on the planet, and are home to many threatened and endangered species. We need to help protect the homes of animals like orangutans, Sumatran Tigers, and all of the other plants and animals that live in these special places.
Contribution to Global Climate Change
Deforestation in Indonesia is currently emitting more greenhouse gases than all the cars, planes, and trucks in the U.S. combined! The clear-cutting and burning of forests and peat bogs account for 25 percent of all greenhouse gases emitted into the atmosphere. Indonesia is now the third largest emitter of carbon dioxide (CO2) due to deforestation to make way for palm oil plantations.
Displacement of Indigenous People and Local Communities
In Indonesia, Indigenous Peoples are losing their rights to land to make way for palm oil plantations, and are losing their access to clean drinking water as plantations contaminate water sources with pesticides. These people are not given the right to say “no” to companies that are taking their rainforest land and converting it into palm oil plantations. Sometimes, the people who lose their land have to work on the same palm oil plantations that their land was one because they have no other choice and nowhere else to go.
Unfair treatment of workers
Many palm oil plantation workers face abuse, harsh working conditions and exposure to toxic pesticides. Sometimes workers get paid only pennies per day. That’s not fair.
Turning Small Farms into Giant Plantations
Big palm oil plantations displace small farmers. They are forced to abandon their farms, giving up their land and ability to grow food for their communities, in order to grow food and fuel crops for export.