Why you should only buy palm oil free chocolate this Easter

This #Easter I am boycotting @Nestle @CadburyUK @MDLZ @Mars @Hersheys chocolate as #palmoil #cocoa in these products causes #deforestation and more. I demand big brands go #palmoil free and I #Boycottpalmoil #Boycott4Wildlife

Easter is almost upon us and that means chocolate eggs and indulgence.

Used as an emulsifier in chocolate, palm oil is what gives cheap chocolate a disgusting soapy, chalky flavour.

Aside from this it is linked to death, ecocide, deforestation and destruction.

“Sustainable” palm oil is a complete lie as RSPO members using it are still causing deforestation and human rights abuses for the “sustainable” ingredient.

There are 10 tactics of palm oil greenwashing that go along with it to fool consumers.

What does palm oil in chocolate do to the environment, rare animals and indigenous peoples?

Yes, but Zoos/NGOs I think are trustworthy like Chester Zoo, Cheyenne Mountain Zoo and WWF support the RSPO and sustainable palm oil?

A network of Zoos and CONservation NGOS such as Orangutan Land Trust, Orangutan SOS, Cheyenne Mountain Zoo and Chester Zoo (a full list here) are either RSPO members themselves or they are funded by RSPO members (global retailers or palm oil companies) in exchange for promoting sustainable palm oil. This is a formal commercial agreement that they have.

Apps pushing fake palm oil sustainability on behalf of brands

The @ImpactScoreApp and @CheyenneMtnZoo apps (created in association with the RSPO) falsely recommend global chocolate brands that are supposedly “sustainable”. Yet countless reports by watchdogs like Global Witness, Greenpeace, AP, Mighty Earth, Friends of the Earth, Environmental Investigation Agency show this to be a greenwashing lie. ALL of these household brands are still causing human rights abuses, ecocide and deforestation for palm oil.

Brands listed as using “sustainable” palm oil on the Impact Score App and Cheyenne Mountain Zoo feature in a 2021 Global Witness report into death and slavery for palm oil in Papua..

Global Witness October 2021 Report: Violence and death for palm oil connected to household supermarket brands (RSPO members)

“One palm oil firm, Rimbunan Hijau, [Papua New Guinea] negligently ignored repeated and avoidable worker deaths and injuries on palm oil plantations, with at least 11 workers and the child of one worker losing their lives over an eight-year period.

“Tainted palm oil from Papua New Guinea plantations was sold to household name brands, all of them RSPO members including Kellogg’s, Nestlé, Colgate, Danone, Hershey’s and PZ Cussons and Reckitt Benckiser”

The true price of palm oil: How global finance funds deforestation, violence and human rights abuses in Papua New Guinea – Global Witness, 2021

How do I know if chocolate I’m buying has palm oil in it?

Sometimes it’s deceptively difficult to find palm oil on chocolate packaging. It could be listed as one of 1,000’s different chemical names.

If you are ever in doubt look for the prefixes:

  • LAUR
  • STEAR
  • GYLC
  • PALM

in the ingredients list on packaging – this is most likely palm oil. Another tip is to shop for locally produced chocolate and vegan chocolate (if you happen to be vegan).

Which chocolate brands cause deforestation for palm oil?

In short, all of the major chocolate brands cause deforestation for palm oil. This includes (but is not limited to):

  • Hersheys
    Cadbury
  • Mondelez
  • Nestle
  • Allens
  • Quality Street
  • Ferrero
  • Kinder
  • Milka
  • Ritter Sport
  • Cargill
  • Lindt
  • Storck
  • Mars
  • Starbucks

Explore more here.

Palm Oil Free Chocolate and Confectionery

Bon Appetit and happy Easter!

2022 Easter Egg Buying Guide from Mighty Earth

Each year, Mighty Earth closely examine the cocoa sustainability of each major chocolate brand – so you can also cross-reference for cocoa as well when buying…

2022 Easter Egg Buying Guide from Mighty Earth

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Published by Palm Oil Detectives

Hi, I’m Palm Oil Detective’s Editor in Chief. Palm Oil Detectives is partly a consumer website about palm oil in products and partly an online community for writers, scientists, conservationists, artists and musicians to showcase their work and express their love for endangered species. I have a strong voice for creatures great and small threatened by deforestation. With our collective power we can shift the greed of the retail and industrial agriculture sectors and through strong campaigning we can stop them cutting down forests. Be bold! Be courageous! Join the #Boycott4Wildlife and stand up for the animals with your supermarket choices

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