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Whats up with Rainforests?

Rainforests are vast beautiful areas of complete wilderness in which more that half of the worlds plants and animals call home. They are found in areas of high rainfall (hence the name).

A number of people may be slightly concerned about things happening around the world. A lot of the unsettling horrors we witness on our mobile devices through social media seem to eventually… go away. Or perhaps someone else will fix the problem.

I saw this happen when it ‘broke’ that the amazon rainforest was on fire. People were outraged and wanted world leaders to do something about it. At the G20 summit that happened to be on a few weeks later, they pledged to give a few million dollars. This is tuppence compared to what could be offered. The Brazilian government (Bolsonaro) however refused and they sighed and moved onto the next issue. The fires still rage as they have done for decades, the government is still exploiting and on we go. 

Picture of a rainforest.

In southern Papua, an island in Indonesia where most palm oil is produced, the government permitted the destruction of one million acres of rainforest to grow palm trees for commercial use. It’s a very high yielding crop so it is favoured over any cash crops.

Avoid…Palm…oil…

It can feel so overwhelming when there is so much that needs to be done and you’re only one person.

There is so much you can do… some of them you may not like but I shall inform you anyway and you can decide what the right action is for you.

Rainforests like the amazon have been cleared and felled to concentrate on commercially growing palm trees for palm oil. Palm oil is sought after because it is a cheap fat that can be mass produced.

It’s in roughly 50% of all packaged foods.

Palm tree plantation
Photo by Pablo García Saldaña

If you look at your, shampoo, crisps, granola bar , detergents, chocolate spread, cosmetics among many others, then it probably contains some form of palm oil. There are so many variations of the word so i’ve listed them below. Check some of your items at home and see how many contain palm oil.

  • Palm Oil
  • PKO – Palm Kernel Oil
  • PKO fractionations: Palm Kernel Stearin (PKs); Palm Kernel Olein (PKOo)
  • PHPKO – Partially hydrogenated Palm Oil
  • FP(K)O – Fractionated Palm Oil
  • OPKO – Organic Palm Kernel Oil
  • Palmitate – Vitamin A or Asorbyl Palmitate (NOTE: Vitamin A Palmitate is a very common ingredient in breakfast cereals and we have confirmed 100% of the samples we’ve investigated to be derived from palm oil)
  • Palmate
  • Sodium Laureth Sulphate (Can also be from coconut)
  • Sodium Lauryl Sulphates (can also be from ricinus oil)
  • Sodium dodecyl Sulphate (SDS or NaDS)
  • Elaeis Guineensis
  • Glyceryl Stearate
  • Stearic Acid
  • Chemicals which contain palm oil
  • Steareth -2
  • Steareth -20
  • Sodium Lauryl Sulphate
  • Sodium lauryl sulfoacetate (coconut and/or palm)
  • Hydrated palm glycerides
  • Sodium isostearoyl lactylaye (derived from vegetable stearic acid)
  • Cetyl palmitate and octyl palmitate (names with palmitate at the end are usually derived from palm oil, but as in the case of Vitamin A Palmitate, very rarely a company will use a different vegetable oil

  To reduce or even stop purchasing items that have palm oil can help a lot. Supply=Demand. Don’t create a demand for something that is clearly harming the planet. You may love Nutella, but there are so many other options available that will taste just as good.

Eat… less…meat.

Its so crazy for us here in Ireland to think that eating less meat will help the Amazon because we have so much livestock in the country. The thing is, Irish beef is a premier product. It gets exported all over the world while we import Brazilian beef.

Ireland is getting fined from the EU for our emissions. We have been told to plant more trees and try reduce livestock. Meanwhile, they plan to import more meat from South American countries, which are cutting down rain forests to raise more livestock and grow more feed for them. This is a huge contradiction coming from the people who are supposed to be our leaders and our voice.

Check to make sure that the meat you buy is locally produced and locally sold if you are going to buy meat. Even reducing your intake also helps. I’m telling you guys, staying local, buying local and living local will help WONDERS in combating this crisis we have on our hands. 

Just keep your eye out and see now you have the information.

Have a great day. xx

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