Seriously. Here's Nestlé's press release, "Statement on deforestation and palm oil":
Nestlé views destruction of tropical rainforests and peatlands as one of the most serious environmental issues facing us today. It is estimated that rainforest destruction contributes to around 20% of carbon dioxide emissions – more than the entire transport sector. The growing use of biofuels is a serious factor in this destruction – which we have vigorously condemned.That Greenpeace ad is gnarly, which begs the question, "Is it possible to avoid unsustainable palm oil?" Well, if they say so:
At the recent Annual General Meeting our Chairman Peter Brabeck-Letmathe reinforced this position and repeated our support for a moratorium on the destruction of rainforests. He invited all concerned parties, including Greenpeace, to join this initiative.
... really, why should we be driven to niche non-palm-oil products when sustainable palm oil is readily available? Yes, palm oil can be and is being grown sustainably. The global initiative that aims to bring together processors, manufacturers and NGOs known, as the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), had certified enough plantations to produce 1.75m tonnes of sustainable palm oil midway through this year. The tragedy is that less than 15% of this sustainable oil has actually been sold.Geez, this is interesting. And who knew? Help is on the way, "Palm Oil Guide to Candy & Snacks - October 2009" (via the Cheyenne Mountain Zoological Society in Colorado Springs).
And, well, I checked the guide (and then our pantry), and ... uh oh!
Wait! My wife says back off you Enviro-Nazi wackos! No way she's chucking those Ding Dongs!
And, oh, my kids are safe --- no palm oil in Nacho Cheese Doritos! What would we have done??!!
Or this (cry, like Kramer):
And now that I think about it, what's in Alyssa Milano's cupboard!
Hey, that's a job for our crack investigative journalist R.S. McCain!
Hopefully I can get a retweet out all of this!