RAN Launches Palm Oil Campaign Targeting US Snack Companies
A checkout conveyor belt containg many typical products at a supermnarket in the UK. Cakes, biscuits, chocolate, confectionery, meat, frozen fish, spreads, cereals, sweets, cosmetics, crisps, snacks, cleaning and hygene products amongst the items - Many products contain a surprising amount of Palm Oil.
The Rainforest Action Network (RAN) has launched a public campaign to put pressure on American food companies to ensure that they do not contribute to deforestation in Indonesia. The organization has sent letters to 20 snack food companies—makers of some of the most popular brand name products in America—alerting them to the rainforest destruction and orangutan extinction in their supply chains. RAN claims that palm oil is in half of all the products in neighbourhood grocery store shelves.
RAN is now urging the public to add their signature to a petition that calls on snack food companies to “protect Indonesia's rainforests and all of the people and wildlife who depend on them by cutting palm oil tied to rainforest destruction and social conflict out of their supply chains.”