Palm oil is a type of vegetable oil. Most people eat or use palm oil every day because it is found in many food and bath products.
Although it originates in West Africa, palm oil can grow in other tropical climates as well. Most palm oil is currently grown on the islands of Borneo and Sumatra - the only place in the world where orangutans live.
Palm oil is not a natural part of the rainforest; it's an introduced crop. Unfortunately, large parts of the rainforest are being cut down to produce more palm oil.
How it's grown makes all the difference
There is a group called the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO). They make sure that palm oil is grown in a sustainable way to reduce harm to the rainforest as well as the people and animals that live there.
As advocates for wildlife, conservation and sustainability, the Edmonton Valley Zoo is committed to supporting sustainable production of palm oil. We believe the power is in your palm.
As an interim measure, we support the RSPO in our standard for purchasing. When we purchase candy for hosting and events, we commit to buying sustainable palm oil products.
We will continue to network with sustainable palm oil leaders to advocate for transparent labeling and strict standards that protect climate, rainforests, peatlands, biodiversity and human rights.
We encourage visitors to take the following steps:
- Learn more about palm oil. Spread the word! Tell your friends.
- Shop responsibly. Do you know where your dollars are going? Ensure the companies you buy from have sustainable and responsible corporate commitments.
- Consume responsibly. Look for the Forest Conservation Society logo when purchasing wood and paper.
- Support Conservation Funds as you are able.