The Problem with Palm Oil:
“Of course, avoiding processed foods and eating as locally as possible means that the need for palm oil for food production disappears, and thus, so does some of the destruction of the rainforests (palm oil is also used for industrial purposes, mostly for fuel, and ironically, for bio-fuels perceived to be "green," but that's a separate discussion). In addition, palm oil contains mostly saturated (83%) and some unsaturated fatty (13%) acids, which means it isn't the most heart-healthy fat out there. To me, those are plenty of reasons to avoid it entirely.” From: Destroying Rainforests for Processed Food- Another Reason to Eat Local
“Palm oil is a globally traded agricultural commodity that is used in 50 percent of all consumer goods, from lipstick and packaged food to body lotion and biofuels. Demand for palm oil in the U.S. has tripled in the last five years, pushing palm oil cultivation into the rainforests and making this crop one of the key causes of global rainforest destruction.”
Rainforest Destruction In Every Bite
General Mills must commit to sourcing only socially and environmentally responsible palm oil.
“Rainforests are important and delicate places. They are huge carbon sinks, which makes them incredibly important to the entire issue of global climate change. Their carbon is held above ground, however. Something I remember from college ecology classes is that there is virtually nothing contained in the soil of a rainforest, it is closer to a desert in terms of soil ecology than it is to anything else.
All of the nutrients and minerals and everything needed for life is held in the plants themselves. Before they drop their leaves, they actually are able to pull the nutrients out of them first, making the reclamation of nutrients immediate, rather than having it be processed through decomposition and uptake through the soil.
This makes rainforests really bad areas to clear to use for farming, obviously. It also makes rainforests really bad areas to clear from a carbon stand point, because it is all held in the living matter. Cut those trees down, and you’re destroying direct carbon sinks.” From: http://invisiblevoices.wordpress.com/2008/06/20/earth-balance-palm-oil-rainforests-and-ran/
To sign the petition against General Mills:
Threatened communities and wildlife around the world: http://www.actforconservation.org/the-crisis/people-and-species-at-risk/__________________________
The weather is a little cooler today, but we took down the vinyl sheeting off the south side of the screen porch. That was to let the breeze, or should I say wind, in there so it wouldn’t be so stuffy when the sun is shining.
Ray primed and painted the rest of the boards for the fence, today.