Why Palm oil hurts
Updated: Jan 20, 2019
If you ask yourself why you would bother about situation happening miles away, there is an answer to it. Around 50 percent of the goods we use everyday in the United States contain palm oil. Which is about 54 million metric tons produced annually.
Why are these numbers alarming?
Palm oil plantations currently cover more than 27 million hectares of the Earth's surface. Deforestation for palm oil is so significant there is no doubt about its role in climate change.
Not only palm oil hurts lungs of our planet, there is also pollution caused by burning of secondary forests across Borneo and Sumatra, which increases the quantity of greenhouse gas in the atmosphere, subsequently helping to propel climate change.
Sadly, the destruction and degradation of the tropical rain forest, particularly lowland forest in Borneo and Sumatra, is the main reason orangutans are threatened with extinction. Over 50,000 orangutans on the islands of Borneo and Sumatra have died because of palm oil deforestation.
A century ago there were probably more than 230,000 orangutans in total. The Bornean orangutan is now estimated at about 104,700 based on updated geographic range and it is endangered. There are only about 7,500 of Sumatran orangutan which means they are critically endangered.
Deforestation explained by National Geographic
Orangutans, Tigers, Elephants, Rhinos
Almost 80% of orangutan habitat has disappeared in the last 20 years. We are losing over 6,000 orangutans a year. Also, there are now only 400 Sumatran tigers left in the world. This business is affecting more species like tigers, elephants, rhinos.. We need these species in our ecosystem for our survival.
In the last 20 years has been also over 3.5 million hectares of Indonesian and Malaysian forest destroyed to make space for palm oil plantations.
We share 97% of his DNA. We have destroyed 80% of his habitat.
Orangutans, whose habitats have been destroyed, often enter oil plantations and villages around it in search of food. They are captured or killed by farmers who treat them as pests.
Hundreds of infant orangutans are taken from the wild for pet trade every year. This is done by killing the mother and taking her baby. It is estimated that four to five orangutans are killed for every baby reaching the market.
Orangutans are the largest arboreal, tree-dwelling animals. Their fruit eating and seed dispersing behavior is of ecological significance. Their existence is helping to shape and preserve tropical rain forests.
Indonesia and Malaysia produce more than 85% of the world's palm oil and are the only remaining home to orangutans.
Palm oil is high in saturated fat. Saturated fat boosts “bad” LDL cholesterol and triglycerides, both of which are risk factors for heart disease.
Palm oil is 50% saturated so it has more favorable fatty acid composition than palm kernel oil and coconut oil, which are more than 85% saturated. Palm oil is the cheapest vegetable oil to produce and refine. If not for anything else, then reduce its usage for yourself.
We have the power over this planet. We can unite in the name of love.
We all are responsible for that and we can all change it just by choosing right alternatives. Little effort can help to save lives and in the end we are still saving ourselves and our children’s children.
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