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Christmas pud and mince pies can help threatened chimps

Dec 18

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New research from Rainforest Foundation and Ethical Consumer

A growing number of Christmas party food products now only use palm oil which is produced in a way that is reducing the threats to both chimpanzees and gorillas.

According to new research by Ethical Consumer for the Rainforest Foundation, makers of the some of the UK's most popular Christmas puddings and mince pies have made a commitment to only use sustainably sourced palm oil in their products.

We looked at the UK's biggest Christmas party food companies and their use of palm oil and its derivatives.

The survey was carried out in response to the increasing threat that unsustainable palm oil is posing to the world’s rainforests, and consequently, to the people that rely almost entirely on these forests for their livelihoods.

Having destroyed vast areas of forest in countries including Indonesia which is home to orang utans, palm oil companies are now planning to expand into the rainforests of the Congo Basin in Africa, home to lowland gorillas and chimpanzees.

Simon Counsell, Executive Director of The Rainforest Foundation UK said:

“We commend the producers of Christmas party treats that have committed to reducing or using only sustainably sourced palm oil because by doing so, they are helping to ensure the long-term survival of Africa’s rainforest, its people and unique wildlife.”

The top scoring companies in the survey include the Co-op, M&S, Sainsbury's and Waitrose. The bottom scoring companies include ASDA and Iceland.

Leonie Nimmo researcher at Ethical Consumer said:

“The good news is that this Christmas shoppers can make a real difference and help reduce the risks to both people and wildlife by buying their Christmas party food from environmentally responsible companies.”

The Christmas party food survey is the latest initiative of a campaign to encourage consumers to buy products that have the top rated palm oil policies, forcing those companies that are not taking their environmental responsibilities seriously to use more sustainably sourced palm oil.

 

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