To: Ask biscuit & chocolate manufacturers Mcvites, Cadbury & Nestle to stop using palm oil

Palm oil in biscuits and chocolate

End the use of palm oil in biscuits and chocolates. Mcvites, Best-in, Cadbury's, Nestle and many other UK and European biscuit manufacturers are still using palm oil in there biscuits.
Palm oil is produced by clearing rainforest in Indonesia and Malaysia and replacing it with oil producing plantations. Significant acreages of the natural habitat of the orangutan have been lost. Both species are endangered; one species in particular, the Sumatran orangutan, has been listed as critically endangered.

Why is this important?

Palm oil production has destroyed vast areas of forest in countries including Indonesia, which is home to orangutans, the Rainforest foundation UK says palm oil companies are now planning to expand into the rainforests of the Congo basin in Africa, home to lowland gorillas and other threatened primates. Palm oil companies are also partly responsible for the recent devastating forest fires in Sumatra, which caused pollution episodes in Malaysia and Singapore.


Reasons for signing

  • In a 2005 report entitled “Cruel Oil: How Palm Oil Harms Health, Rainforest & Wildlife,” the Center for Science in the Public Interest concedes that palm oil is less harmful than partially hydrogenated soybean oil, but it points out that it “is still considerably less healthful than other vegetable oils.” Orangutan Fan
  • Farming palm oil is destroying fragile ecosystems and there is no need to use it in most of the products it is used in. The ubiquity of its use owes more to marketing than any superiority to alternatives.
  • Stopped eating products with palm oil and blood pressure and cholesterol levels came down but very difficult to find products with out palm oil.


2018-01-30 19:31:03 +0000

50 signatures reached

2017-04-03 01:25:47 +0100

25 signatures reached

2016-11-06 17:29:13 +0000

10 signatures reached