What’s palm oil got to do with orangutans?
Palm oil is everywhere. This globally traded vegetable oil is found in thousands of products you buy off the shelf, including ice cream, chocolate, biscuits, crisps, lipsticks, toothpaste, soap, detergents, cosmetics.
Keen to cash in on demand, plantation owners have been rapidly clearing rainforests by chopping or setting fire to the vegetation. As forests get cleared, orangutans, facing starvation, desperately seek food in the developing plantations, and are considered an agricultural pest. It is estimated that no less than 5,000 orangutans are killed every year.