To: Ministry of Health, Consumption and Social Welfare
No palm oil
"" The PALM OIL industry threatens the forests of the planet "and also our health" "(Greenpeace.org).
"" Spain, fifth European country in consumption of palm oil "" (Greenpeace.org).
Why is this important?
Companies that use palm oil massively have a responsibility to ensure that consumers are not contributing to deforestation.
““ A few weeks ago, palm oil covered the covers of the media due to the decision of several supermarkets to remove it from their white label products "" (Greenpeace.org).
WHAT IS BEHIND THE PALM OIL?
"" First, it is an oil very rich in saturated fats. Nutrition experts warn that a diet with excess of this type of fat has health risks such as obesity of difficult elimination and cardiovascular, respiratory, etc., in addition to the loss of the figure.
Secondly, due to the social conflicts associated with it, such as the use of child labor in their plantations or the payment of miserable wages.
Thirdly, the substitution of healthier ingredients for palm oil, with a very low production cost, is not significantly reflected in the final price of consumer products, which we see diminished the quality and healthy character of these products that They are sold at almost the same price as before in the vast majority of cases.
And finally, because the expansion of palm cultivation is the main cause of deforestation in countries like Indonesia. And not only large areas of forest disappear, but also the habitats of species as unique as the Sumatran tiger or the orangutan.
Behind the international demand for palm oil is the sector of the so-called biofuels (50% of imports from the European Union) as well as large and well-known brands in the world of food (from soups, creams, chocolates, through pastries, preserves, margarines, creams, ice cream, and snak) that we consume daily in our diet, and cosmetics (shampoos, soaps, detergents).
During the last decade in Greenpeace it has maintained denunciation campaigns against giants such as Unilever, Nestlé, Procter & Gamble, Colgate-Palmolive, Johnson & Johnson and Pepsico, and we have achieved that several important brands assume 'zero deforestation' policies that exclude from their supply chain to companies that destroy the jungle.
The most recent case is that of the British bank HSBC, which after a Greenpeace campaign promised to stop financing the destruction of the forests of Indonesia. But there are others, such as Deutsche Bank, BNP Paribas or Bank of America that still lend money to palm oil companies that continue to expand this crop at the expense of the rainforest.
That is why from Greenpeace we will continue to fight to stop financing deforestation and climate change. Because the excess of palm oil in our diet can not only put our health at risk, but also that of the entire planet ”” (Greenpeace.org).
I CONSIDER THAT THIS INVASION OF THE PALMA OIL AND ITS DERIVATIVES (FAT OF PALMA, PALMISTE, ETC.) CAUSES A LITTLE HEALTHY LOSS OF QUALITY IN THE FOODS THAT CONTAIN THEM AND HAVE GENERALIZED REJECTION OF THE CONSUMERS.
For the healthy improvement of our diet and that of our family, and also for the sake of our natural environment, we prohibit the use of palm oil in daily food products such as (creams, pizzas, ice cream, soups, sweets, pastries, cookies , chocolates, snacks, pates, and even baby yogurts!), and we force supermarket entrepreneurs to eliminate the PALMA ACIETE and its DERIVATIVES from white marks as they were for decades until their intrusion in 2012.