In a perfect world, we would all simply avoid products with palm oil. This would shout loudly to the industry that we will NOT stand for the destruction of our natural rainforests or the impending extinction of our precious Orangutans.
But life is not perfect,
and sometimes all we can do is our best.
And that is totally OK.
So here are a few simple things you could try which could have a huge impact on the future of this beautiful species.
Just Eat Real Food (JERF)
This may sound like a no-brainer, but eating food that is closest to it’s natural state (such as fruits, vegetables, nuts, and quality meats etc) means not having to worry about ‘fillers’ and other nasties like palm oil being incorporated into the food you put into your mouth. This is a great way to be eating regardless of your stance on Palm Oil as you are increasing the variety of nutrients your body needs and craves. So, why not JERF today!
Be Label Aware
If like most of us, you do buy some products that come in a packet simply try to become more aware of the ingredients in these foods. It might sound like too much effort to research product information when there are soooooo many products on the supermarket shelves, but just remember you don’t need to know all of them- chances are you have certain staples which are a regular in your shopping trolley each week so just start with learning more about those.
Most of us these days have smart phones, and with apps available like the Palm Oil Investigations Barcode Scanner (for Aus/NZ only at this stage) it makes it even easier to make smart choices around your food. If you scan a product which you regularly consume and find that it comes up with palm oil, or unsustainable palm oil in it they actually provide a list of alternative products/brands that you could try instead. Simples.
There are so many amazing not-for-profit organisations out there who dedicate themselves to making a change and rely on people just like you and me to help out not only with raising much needed funds which assist in rescuing, housing, feeding, rehabilitating, and releasing these injured/abused or homeless primates back into their natural habitat but also in raising awareness for the cause. A simple share on social media which takes a mere second could bring about the butterfly effect they desperately need.
I proudly support the Orangutan Foundation International Australia (they are a Gold Coast based not-for-profit organization) who are doing amazing things over in Indonesia to help rehabilitate and release into the wild rescued and injured Orangutans. In 2013 Orangutan Foundation International translocated 7 wild orangutans to safety and rescued over 15 infants from captivity. All of the infants entered the rehabilitation program at the Orangutan Care Center and Quarantine and joined the 320 orphan orangutans already resident there.
The OFI is working hard to ensure these orangutans have a home to be released to and are aiming to expand upon the Forest Rawa Kuno they already purchased in order to protect the Orangutans natural habitat and have a place these babies can be released to. You can find out more about the Orangutan Legacy Forest here ♥
Don’t Get Overwhelmed!
It can be super overwhelming taking in so much new information and trying to ensure you follow ‘rules’ about what you should and shouldn’t buy, sometimes it can be easy (and understandable) to have a moment, throw your hands up in the air and huff “it’s all too hard!”
So the take-home message here is…
Just Do What You Can!
Imagine, if every second household in Australia committed to stop purchasing just 2 products which contained palm oil…well wouldn’t that put a big enough of a rustle in the pockets of the industry hot shots that maybe, just maybe, they might be forced to stop, and listen.