Palm oil: our philosophy and engagements

Healthy eating habits

While “bad” fats can wreck your diet and increase your risk of certain diseases, “good” fats protect your brain and heart. In fact, healthy fats—such as omega-3s—are vital to your physical and emotional health. Understanding how to include more healthy fats in your diet can help improve your mood, boost your well-being, and even trim your waistline.

Palm oil is 50% saturated vegetable fats: LDL (bad cholesterol), compared to 10% in grape seed oil, 14% in olive oil & sesame seed oil and 20% in rice bran oil…

Not all fat is bad. In fact, your body needs fat. Healthy or “good” fats are essential to help manage your moods, stay on top of your mental game, fight fatigue, and even control your weight. Since the human brain is nearly 60 percent fat, healthy fats are also vital for proper brain development and function. The answer isn’t cutting out the fat—it’s learning to make healthy choices and to replace bad fats with good ones that promote health and well-being.

Yes, we need the bad and the ugly. Yet there isn’t much left for the good when some chocolate spreads, for instance, contain 50% of palm oil… Given the choice, we limit the bad & ugly to the minimum. Food labeling regulations aren't clear enough on the topic, and palm oil is still a "clandestine" in our food supply.

Social aspects

While oil palm tree culture is a source of employment and, in some cases, allows landowners to participate in the cash economy, land has been developed by oil palm plantations without consultation or compensation of the indigenous people who have occupied the land for centuries. Appropriation of native lands has led to conflict between the plantations and local residents. Children as young as seven years old are working excruciatingly long days in the heat in an effort to help support their families; sometimes they are not even paid at all. In addition to the environmental devastation, human rights are a separate but equally devastating problem associated with palm oil plantations. The palm oil industry has been named one in the top four worst industries for forced and child labor. According to a 2008 report by NGOs including Friends of the Earth, palm oil companies have also reportedly used force to acquire land from indigenous communities in Indonesia. Sadly, as this report states, such practices still stand nowadays.

Nature conservation

The other side of palm oil, is the nature conservation polemic. Indonesia, Malaysia, Nigeria, Thailand, Colombia, Benin, Cameroon, Kenya, Ghana have seen their land cleared, deforestation, loss of natural habitat to many species: Sumatran orangutans, elephants, and tigers, all of which are critically endangered, just as the Bornean orangutans and pygmy elephants.

After more than 40 million acres of palm oil plantation had replaced wild land (!), in 2004, a Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) has established standards called Certified Sustainable Palm Oil (CSPO), and yet, there is no evidence that these standards are actually protecting rainforests and reducing greenhouse gases.

Palm oil has flooded the market taking over in the food and cosmetic industries, and is now even used to produce fuel.

At Delissano, we are committed to banning palm oil from our product line and making more responsible choices -from the health-conservation, ecological and social standpoints.

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References

Social and environmental impact of palm oil

Choosing Healthy Fats

Further reading

Say no to palm oil