Thursday, July 23, 2009

BURNING UP INDONESIA

Image from: www.greenpeace.org/seasia/en/press/releases/u...

What do the following have in common:

Cadbury's Dairy Milk,

Some Biodiesel,

Flora Margarine,

Mars Bars,

Kellogs Special K,

Goodfella's Pizza

And Pot Noodles?

Reportedly, they contain palm oil.

Palm oil is one of the few vegetable oils relatively high in saturated fats.

Many health authorities state that palm oil promotes heart disease, citing research and studies that go back to 1970.[24]

In Indonesia, over the last 20 years, millions of hectares of forest have been destroyed to make way for palm oil plantations.

Palm Oil

Thanks to palm oil there are a lot more greenhouse gas emissions and the orang utan is losing its habitat.

Clearing forests and draining and burning peatlands to grow palm oil will release more carbon emissions than burning fossil fuels.

Much of the oil palm expansion in Indonesia is taking place on forested peatlands.

Peat locks up huge amounts of carbon.

Burning peatlands releases huge amounts of greenhouse gases.

Indonesia's burning peatlands are responsible for 4 per cent of global emissions of greenhouse gases every year.

Palm oil Greenpeace UK