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Palm oil industry’s big carbon impact

November 20th, 2009

By Shermakaye Bass
Green Right Now

It’s The Year of Living Dangerously all over again.

Orangutan (Photo: Tom Theodore/Dreamstime)

Orangutan (Photo: Tom Theodore/Dreamstime)

On Tuesday, two journalists were arrested in Sumatra while covering a politically sensitive topic – palm oil harvesting and the ensuing decimation of Southeast Asia’s old-growth, carbon-capturing rainforests, and the subsequent release of giant CO2 pockets that lie beneath the forests and their peat swamps.

More disturbing than the reporters’ deportation, though, is how little we consumers seem to realize that, not only are we what we eat, but when it comes to palm oil, we are eating our own lifeblood. We’re ‘eating’ our oxygen, we’re ‘eating’ our fellow species. We’re consuming our own future by driving up carbon emissions much faster than we can offset them. We are the snake eating its own tail.

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Cookies, the ‘Dirty 19′ and the palm oil patrol

October 21st, 2009

By Barbara Kessler
Green Right Now

We had a chocolate attack at a store the other day, so we schlepped over to the cookie aisle seeking something sweet and crunchy.

Palm oil products (Image: PalmOilAction.org.)

Palm oil products (Image: PalmOilAction.org.)

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