Learn how to boycott palm oil this Halloween in America, the UK and Australia

Q. What's Halloween's Spookiest Secret A. Palm oil in Halloween treats

The reality of these chocolate and confectionery brands is the spookiest story you will ever hear this Halloween

Learn how to boycott with handy lists for the US, Uk and Australia.

Marind children in Merauke West Papua by Nanang Sujana

Countless reports show that popular lollies, candies and chocolate brands in Australia, the United States of America and United Kingdom such as Hersheys, Nestle, Mondelez (Cadbury), Ferrero and Mars are linked to palm oil deforestation, the killing of endangered species, human rights abuses, the slavery and death of children.

This is happening very close-by – at Australia’s closest Pacific neighbour, Papua New Guinea. In the US’s closest neighbours in Central and South America and in Africa. These same atrocities are baked into the biggest selling halloween treats.

Learn how to have a palm oil free Halloween below and #Boycott4Wildlife!

Discover the spookiest story of #Halloween history – that “sustainable” #palmoil isn’t really sustainable and major brands continue to buy #palmoil infused with #ecocide. Learn how to #Boycottpalmoil #Boycott4Wildlife this Halloween

What’s Halloween’s Spookiest Secret? That there’s a glass and a half of #palmoil #deforestation in every candy by @Nestle @Hersheys @MarsGlobal @Ferrero_EU @CadburyAU #Boycottpalmoil and #Boycott4Wildlife this Halloween!

Learn how to boycott palm oil this Halloween in America, the UK and Australia

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Enjoy halloween by knowing how to boycott palm oil

Q. What's Halloween's Spookiest Secret A. Palm oil in Halloween treats

Palm Oil Free Brands

The RSPO is a global certification scheme for palm oil that certifies palm oil as ‘sustainable’. Yet this word means absolutely nothing, as RSPO members – the…

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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.

Papua New Guinea -landgrabbing for palm oil

“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


Anti-Corporate Activism and Collusion: The Contentious Politics of Palm Oil Expansion in Indonesia, (2022). Ward Berenschot, et. al., Geoforum, Volume 131, 2022, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.geoforum.2022.03.002 

Best-Rated Chocolate Bars in Australia, Canstar Blue Survey 2022

Commodifying sustainability: Development, nature and politics in the palm oil industry (2019) World Development
Volume 121, September 2019, Pages 218-228

Europe Chocolate Market: growth, trends, COVID-19 impact and forecasts (2022- 2027)

Effect of oil palm sustainability certification on deforestation and fire in Indonesia, (2018), Kimberly M. Carlson, Robert Heilmayr, Holly K. Gibbs, Praveen Noojipady et al. PNAS January 2, 2018 115 (1) 121-126.

Infographic: America’s Favorite Halloween Candy by State (2019) AdWeek

Is there such a thing as sustainable palm oil? Satellite images show protected rainforest on fire (2021) Neue Zürcher Zeitung (NZZ)

Nestlé identified over 1,000 cases of deforestation per day in palm oil areas (2020) SwissInfo.

RSPO: 14 years of failure to eliminate violence and destruction from the industrial palm oil sector, (2018), Friends of the Earth International.

Sustainable palm oil may not be so sustainable, (2018) , Roberto Cazzolla Gatti, Jingjing Liang, Alena Velichevskaya, Mo Zhou, Science of The Total Environment, Volume 652, 2019, Pages 48-51, ISSN 0048-9697.

Sustainable Palm Oil? Who Knows, Thanks to Derelict Auditors, (2015), Kirby, David, Take Part.

The False Promise of Certification, (2018) Changing Markets.

The impact of oil palm on rural livelihoods and tropical forest landscapes in Latin America, Journal of Rural Studies (2021) A. Castellanos-Navarrete, F. de Castro, P. Pacheco, Volume 81, 2021, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jrurstud.2020.10.047.

The palm oil industry and noncommunicable diseases, (2019), Sowmya Kadandale, a Robert Martenb & Richard Smith. The World Health Organisation (WHO) Bulletin 2019;97:118–128|.

The true price of palm oil (2021) Global Witness

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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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