Indonesia’s palm oil frontier is on the island of New Guinea; forests and peatlands on Borneo and Sumatra already have been logged extensively and burned to make way for oil palm plantations. Photograph by Ulet Ifansati (Greenpeace).

The worldwide demand for palm oil continues to increase, with countries such as India producing 17% of the global total. In 2018 we produced nearly 72 million tons! 

Since 1973, 16,000 square miles of rainforest in Borneo, has been logged, burned and bulldozed to allow for the production of palm oil. This deforestation is catastrophic for our wildlife. Between 1999 and 2015, 150,000 critically endangered orangutans were perished. 

Nearly half of the Indonesia’s greenhouse gas emissions are a result of deforestation and air pollution. This has caused 12,000 premature deaths alone last year. 

There are often reports of human rights abuse for the workers in these plantations, with clear documentation of child labour and forced evictions. There have been occasions in Sumatra (an Indonesian island) where palm oil companies have bulldozed entire indigenous villages causing multiples homeless residents relying on government support. 

The palm oil industry is at the hands of the politically powerful countries and is one of many industries that sacrifices environmental health and wellbeing of their population for the goal of profits. 

The problems are ultimately a result of countries whom dictate global economies, at the expense of environmental or social care. This is why it is so important to make changes from the very top. 

At Tongue’s, we say NO to polm oil. Our toothpaste tablets are palm oil free, as part of our ongoing commitment to simultaneously protecting your oral health and our planet. 

References:

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/magazine/2018/12/palm-oil-products-borneo-africa-environment-impact/

Written by Tongue's Club

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