We Love Nutrition says no to palm oil
We Love Nutrition says NO to Palm Oil!
The fight against the use of palm oil is frequently in the media, and it’s a matter close to our hearts here at We Love Nutrition…
In March 2018, company director Ryan White witnessed first-hand the effect of the demand for palm oil, during a student conservation trip to Borneo.
“We arrived at a secondary rainforest hoping to see some orangutans and spend some time in a rainforest before travelling to a much harder and far more labour-intensive kind of trek.”
The term 'secondary rainforest' refers to rainforest that has been disturbed in some way, naturally or unnaturally. In this case, it was the latter.
“The difference between the secondary rainforest and primary was significant. We had to travel a long way by minibus from the secondary to the primary, and over 7 hours of that trip was spent driving through a palm oil plantation.”
Seven. Hours. That’s seven hours driving through what was once a vibrant and diverse ecosystem, stripped of its natural assets and transformed into intensive palm oil plantations.
The impact this had on Ryan and his students was huge.
Students were angry, frustrated, confused and some extremely emotional. The devastation of western demand was there for all to see. Those beautiful hornbills we had seen, and flycatchers, primates and many reptiles, not even including the wonderful invertebrates we had seen only hours before.
The realisation of this encroachment and mass fragmentation was real. This once beautiful habitat, destroyed.”
The impact of deforestation is vast, with WWF estimating that 27 per cent – more than a quarter – of the Amazon biome will be without trees by 2030 if the current rate of deforestation continues.
So, what is palm oil?
Palm oil is an edible vegetable oil that comes from the fruit of oil palm trees. The two types of oil that can be produced are crude palm oil, which comes from squeezing fruit and palm kernel oil which comes from crushing the stone in the middle of the fruit.
Palm oil is the cheapest source of vegetable oil, and as a result, it is in high demand, particularly from the west. However, more and more brands are taking the impact of this commodity on the environment and the animals that call it their home more seriously.
We Love Nutrition is one of them and are proud to say that NO recipes under the We Love Nutrition brand have any Palm Oil in them.
Find out more about the fight against palm oil and what you can do to help by visiting https://www.wwf.org.uk/updates/8-things-know-about-palm-oil