Palm Oil Statement

Jun 27, 2022

Palm Oil Statement

Jun 27, 2022

We at Rural Foodies (the home of Coco Pzazz) are committed to sourcing physical sustainable palm oil.
Where palm oil is present, it will be from sustainable sources.

RSPO certified palm oil protects the environment and the local communities who depend on it for their livelihoods, so that palm oil can continue to play a key role in food security, economic development and food supply chains. We will continue to use small amounts of RSPO certified palm oil in our products until a sustainable alternative can be found. Replacing it with the wrong ingredient could result in more deforestation and natural habitat conversion.

Here is more information about Palm Oil – provided by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF):

What is Palm Oil? It’s an edible vegetable oil that comes from the fruit of oil palm trees, the scientific name is Elaeis guineensis. Two types of oil can be produced; crude palm oil comes from squeezing the fleshy fruit, and palm kernel oil which comes from crushing the kernel, or the stone in the middle of the fruit. Oil palm trees are native to Africa but were brought to South-East Asia just over 100 years ago as an ornamental tree crop. Now, Indonesia and Malaysia make up over 85% of global supply but there are 42 other countries that also produce palm oil.

What is the problem with Palm Oil? Palm oil has been and continues to be a major driver of deforestation of some of the world’s most biodiverse forests, destroying the habitat of already endangered species like the Orangutan, pygmy elephant and Sumatran rhino. This forest loss coupled with conversion of carbon rich peat soils are throwing out millions of tonnes of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere and contributing to climate change. There also remains some exploitation of workers and child labour. These are serious issues that the whole palm oil sector needs to step up to address because it doesn’t have to be this way.

More information is available at https://www.wwf.org.uk/updates/8-things-know-about-palm-oil

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