Deforestation Free Palm Oil

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​We would like to share this recent press release from Chester Zoo on ​Deforestation Free Palm Oil

Published on 15 November 2018


Today is an important day for wildlife. Deforestation free palm oil is here.

For many years our conservationists have been working behind the scenes with key partners to help drive up standards of sustainable palm oil.

The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) has just announced its new, improved standards which deliver deforestation free palm oil.

This marks a significant step forwards, fighting back against the habitat destruction that is pushing wildlife towards extinction.

Palm oil is an edible vegetable oil that comes from the fruit of oil palm trees. Up to 50% of products in an average UK supermarket now contain it.

If we were to stop using palm oil, we would need to find an alternative to supply the global demand for edible vegetable oils. Because other oil crops – such as coconuts, olives, sunflowers and maize – are less productive per square kilometre, even more land would need to be converted to agriculture – causing even greater environmental damage.

The solution is to demand sustainable, deforestation free palm oil. Write to your MP, retailers and manufacturers. Look for the RSPO label on packaging. Choose sustainable. It’s time to Act For Wildlife.

Note: The RSPO’s no deforestation standards are following the High Carbon Stock Approach. Full details off the RSPO’s updated standards can be found on their website here:"