Palm oil is one of the most devastating foods to harvest in the world. Palm oil is the most widely used vegetable oil and extract in the world. It is found in almost all packaged foods in the world and the demand for it is less than the earth can naturally produce. To be able to grow the palm tress to harvest the fruit they have to clear massive amounts of land in Borneo and Sumatra that has detrimental effects on the eco system there. The goal for this campaign is to clearly label unsustainable palm oil rich products to show consumers that the products they buy from major league supermarkets are supporting unsustainable palm oil farming. If people knew that the products they are buying are destroying whole species and environments they would stop buying the products and therefore the palm oil business would cease to exist or at least lower to a sustainable level.

The type of palm tree where palm oil comes from is infrequent in most of the world and is mainly found in Borneo and Sumatra and also parts of Indonesia. The tree is found in deep tropical rainforests and cannot grow anywhere else but these historical rain forests. In just 25 years, from 1980 to 2005, 80 percent of Indonesia's Sumatra’s and Borneo’s old-growth tropical rain forests were logged to make way for palm oil plantations. The areas in which palm oil is mainly harvested is also majorly inhabited with many endangered species such as orang-utans, Sumatran tigers, Sumatran rhinoceros and many more. Most of these animals are close to extinction such as the orang-utan which has been estimated to be extinct within the next ten years if nothing is to change about the palm oil industry.

Current practices surrounding palm oil are not sustainable- for the land, its animal inhabitants or the environment. It is quite obvious that there needs to be change in how we go about farming and harvesting palm oil and our outlook on deforestation of orang-utan populated areas. There are three important reasons we should do this. The first is to protect the wildlife that inhabits these lands so they do not go extinct. The second reason is to protect the forests and surrounding environments from the huge logging companies after the valuable palm oil. we can also try to somehow manage to label palm oil products and how it was produced it will inherently stop the demand for unsustainable palm oil and reduce the environmental impacts that is caused by over farming.

The first, and perhaps most well-known impact of palm oil production is the impact on orangutans.

The first reason I wish to stop palm oil is because it is threatening the very few lives of almost extinct animals that inhabit these farming lands that were once homes. As a result of the large scale logging in Borneo and Indonesia, endangered species such as orang-utan are growing closer and closer towards extinction because there habitat is being destroyed and are also stolen and sold on the black market as pets. It is estimated that in the next ten years that the Borneo orang-utan will be extinct. 20 years ago there were roughly 230,000 orang-utans and since then there numbers have dropped by approximately 90%. Over farming and deforestation plays a big part in this disaster.

Secondly- or some marker in your topic sentence. Not an overly powerful topic sentence.

Another vital reason we need to preserve forest and native habitat- environmental damage of palm oil farming and deforestation in Borneo and Indonesia. Deforestation can also cause soil erosion in palm oil plantations and contribute to air pollution which is the main cause of climate change. The practice of draining and converting protected tropical rain forests is especially damaging for the climate, as these "carbon sinks" store more carbon per unit area than any other ecosystem in the world. The main reason for the mass deforestation is palm oil farming. If the average person stops buying palm oil abundant products everyone can make a small difference on the supply and demand of palm oil in majority of packaged foods. Once the worldwide demand for palm oil has dropped the land can be rehabilitated and orang-utans can be properly looked after.

How do we actually protect the forest/ habitat?- this is the point of this paragraph. Right now you have just explained facts, but not what change needs to happen or how we can do it.

The third critical reason palm oil needs to stop is One of the main reasons this disaster keeps happening is because of food labelling. Not a powerful topic sentence. It is extremely important to label unsustainable and ruthless products so consumers know that the products they buy contains palm oil ingredients they shouldn’t be supporting by buying them. Similarly it is important that we know who the ‘good guys’ are so we can support them and their justifiable palm oil products. At the moment there is little regulation on what counts as sustainable because producers are not forced to label where the palm oil comes from and if it environmentally friendly. Palm oil accounts for 65% of all vegetable oil used in the world which creates am extremely high demand for the resource. There are no laws that force big supermarkets and producers to notify people of what they are really selling and that they turn a blind eye to the destruction of valuable and ancient rain forests.

Palm oil can also be labelled as just ‘vegetable oil’ – so annoying!

In order for these things to change, people need to try be aware of all the unsustainable palm oil products out there and try to avoid purchasing them. If action is not taken soon precious animals will go extinct and valuable rain forests will be torn down and will never be able to rehabilitate. It is up tot eh every day consumer to not buy particular brands and play there part in the fight against palm oil! Not a bad conclusion, just needs to be a bit more purposeful.

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