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All palm oil produts to be labelled!!

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Gen_MCRmy Gen_MCRmy NSW Posts: 55
1 8 Apr 2011
I just found out on t.v, that all palm oil products will be labelled!
I think it's just in Australia, but this is still fantastic. Many people have done protests for it, because it has been an ongoing issue for people who hate animal cruelty and don't want to buy food with palm oil, and dont know that it's in their food or cosmetics.

The palm oil industry kills thousands of adult parent orangutangs a year, while the baby orangutangs are watching. Sometimes they then kill the babies, but they usually take them away, and don't even provide them with rehabilitation. These orangutang babies are depressed and don't show their natural behaviour. They often die, because their mothers aren't there to provide milk anymore. Apparently Australia Zoo has something to do with banning it (not that they're really into animal rights).
Anyway, I'm certainly happy that they're labelling these products. happy

Kirrilly Kirrilly VIC Posts: 2092
2 8 Apr 2011
Ohh my gosh this is fantastic! People have been campaigning for this for ages!

It's easy to tell people not to buy palm oil but when it can be labeled as vegetable oil you can't expect everyone to ring up each company to find out what oil they use. This will make it much easier to avoid, and hopefully people do happy yayy!
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Lars Lars NSW Posts: 825
3 8 Apr 2011
yay! that will makes things easier!!
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Contreras Contreras NSW Posts: 349
4 8 Apr 2011
Great news, companies can't hide behind "vegetable oil" any more. Hopefully companies will be encouraged to switch to more sustainable sources of vegetable oils from this transparency.
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4_da_animals1 4_da_animals1 SA Posts: 3293
5 8 Apr 2011
the only thing we gotta work on is whether they use palm oil from rainforests.. or renewable sources like some do.
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Pegs Pegs VIC Posts: 1538
6 8 Apr 2011
Awesome!  Anyway, how is it so hard to just add a few extra letters to the back of a food packet! happy
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Contreras Contreras NSW Posts: 349
7 8 Apr 2011
4_da_animals1 said:
the only thing we gotta work on is whether they use palm oil from rainforests.. or renewable sources like some do.
The tricky part comes when companies mix sources, apparently even plenty of coconut oil is mixed with palm and just labelled coconut as well. It's too hard to know which is 100% sustainable. We need to encourage companies to make more ethical choices and put pressure on their suppliers. The only option is to keep asking the companies, you will find that the vegan ones try to source from sustainable sources.
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...2 ...2 WA Posts: 2307
8 8 Apr 2011
Yvan said:
4_da_animals1 said:
the only thing we gotta work on is whether they use palm oil from rainforests.. or renewable sources like some do.
The tricky part comes when companies mix sources, apparently even plenty of coconut oil is mixed with palm and just labelled coconut as well. It's too hard to know which is 100% sustainable. We need to encourage companies to make more ethical choices and put pressure on their suppliers. The only option is to keep asking the companies, you will find that the vegan ones try to source from sustainable sources.
Exactly. Ultimately, the consumers have all the power. The fact that they will now have to label Palm Oil is testament to this. If consumers put pressure on companies to source their palm oil from sustainable, orang-utan friendly plantations outside of the Amazon, it will eventually happen. Especially with the vegan companies. It would be kind of hypocritical for a vegan company to use unethical palm oil, so they are the ones most likely to do the right thing.
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Albertine Albertine QLD Posts: 8
9 10 Apr 2011
Yvan said:
4_da_animals1 said:
the only thing we gotta work on is whether they use palm oil from rainforests.. or renewable sources like some do.
The tricky part comes when companies mix sources, apparently even plenty of coconut oil is mixed with palm and just labelled coconut as well. It's too hard to know which is 100% sustainable. We need to encourage companies to make more ethical choices and put pressure on their suppliers. The only option is to keep asking the companies, you will find that the vegan ones try to source from sustainable sources.
A good rule of thumb: if it's not labeled, it's not ethically sourced. If a company's going to spend the $$$ extra on sustainable palm oil you can be sure they'll let their customers know about it. Same goes for things like free-range eggs.

With a vegan company, I'd still write to them to make sure - just because they sell to vegans doesn't mean you can be sure they are doing the right thing.
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Teegzie Teegzie QLD Posts: 28
10 11 Apr 2011
Definately a step forward! I'm so sick of "vegetable oil" being the blanket term!
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