Yesterday, I said I will be stopping support (no more buying) palm oil products. ‚ Foods, detergents, soups, shampoo that contain palm oil. Sodium Laureate Sulphate (SLS) is also made from palm oil and is linked to cancer tumours in animals, etc and is found in many personal care products.
For those who think it’s crazy, think again: There are people who are much much further away from Indonesia and the haze, and they had already stopped supporting palm oil years ago!
Snacktivists in San Francisco, CA have been raising awareness about popular products containing irresponsible palm oil tied to rainforest destruction (and the haze in Singapore and Malaysia) by stickering them with the message: “WARNING: This snack may contain orangutan extinction.” ‚ ‚ REPIN: http://pinterest.com/pin/142707881915155583/
Wow! ‚ I am not sure I will do that and risk getting fined but I want you, readers and friends to know, that we have to do something to HELP stop this haze, and perhaps more.
Can I stop buying KitKat? ‚ I sure can! ‚ Vegans have no problem with rejecting dairy milk products any way. ‚ :)
Can I stop eating Subway sandwiches or any thing else that use palm oil? ‚ I sure can!
I know it’s gonna be difficult to stop supporting all palm oil products but there are always alternatives for our shampoo, etc.
If you are wondering why I am doing this, the reason is simple: ‚ Palm Oil funds the burning of rainforests in Sumatra and Borneo, and many orang-utans are either hurt, traumatised, dead or near extinction because of these fires and their unnecessary loss their natural habits. ‚ Please read this post to get ‚ a more detailed idea of the haze’s link with animal cruelty and disrespect for Mother Nature’s rainforests in Indonesia.
“People were chopping down a tree from the jungle in which the orangutans live and they saw the orangutan on the floor. They thought it was dead but soon realized it wasn’t so they chopped it’s hand off. All this just to plant palm oil !!”
“This orangutan was just walking around its home (the jungle) and a couple of men finished there, cutting down the tree job and decided to stay the night, when they saw the orangutan come close to there cam. They poured petrol all over it and set it on fire.”
“Did you know that most orangutans watch there mothers being slaughtered right in front of them when they are only days old.”
One of the most well-known palm oil plantation owners in Indonesia is CARGILL. ‚ Cargill, like Monsanto, participate in joint ventures related to hybrid and gmo grains. ‚ Surprised? ‚ These both are food thugs! Here’s the story by the Rainforest Action Network: http://understory.ran.org/2012/02/23/monsanto-and-cargill-the-thugs-of-big-food/
For those who’ve known me for years on Facebook, know just how much I detest GMO foods (linked to environmental and human health problems). ‚ ‚ Google for dangers of GMO or genetically modified foods.
Cargill poses a threat to farmers by pushing its genetically modified products onto the market, aggressively seeking patents for its seeds, and suing farmers that unknowingly cultivate Cargill-patented products on their farms. – http://www.greenamerica.org/programs/responsibleshopper/company.cfm?id=200
The Organic Consumers’ Association once wrote, “Down with Cargill and their Subsidiaries” ‚ http://www.organicconsumers.org/articles/article_26479.cfm
As Cargill legally owns part of the rainforest they burned to plant palm oil, it is LEGAL for them to do whatever they want to the rainforests. ‚ What about environmental laws of Indonesia? ‚ Can’t any thing stop these food thugs and orang-utan bullies any more?
The EU can actually use Hemp Oil in place of Palm Oil for their biofuel. ‚ Long-time friend, Ken Schabelski states that “There is no need to use something so detructive to health and environment, Hemp Fuel can save the world! ‚ ‚ On page 8 of the FAS report talks about the global production of Hemp Fiber and Seed ‚ http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/RL32725.pdf “
The other thing we may be able to do, is to petition the EU parliament to look into using hemp oil, instead of palm oil? ‚ It is because of this palm oil, Indonesian plantation owners and farmers were either coerced, threatened or bribed to burn the rainforests.
If we want good quality air, we must be concerned about what is happening overseas; can we continue to ignore what Mother Nature is trying to tell us about the orang-utans losing their rainforest homes? ‚ The haze is not going to stop as long as the rainforests in Sumatra (or Borneo) keeps burning several times a year.
Suggestions raised by Singaporeans
1. “More face masks” is a GREAT IDEA, except most of them are out of stock, so that leaves the poor and aged sick without the masks. ‚ One of my friends, ‚ Prof. Colin Ong Tau Suan , ‚ has broadcasted this to help distribute the masks to those who need them more (you can help spread the word too!): SG Haze Rescue is seeking volunteers give out masks to neighborhoods with aging population. Interested, please send an e-mail to email@example.com
2. “Cloud-seeding to bring on the rain” is a poor solution and here are 3 reasons why:
Cloud-seeding involves dispersing chemicals orgases into the air to serve as cloud condensartion or ice nuclei. The usual intent is to increase the chances of a rain or snow. And carbon dioxide, silver iodode, calcium chloride, potassium chloride and sodium hydroxide are some substances used in cloud-seeding.
Prolonged exposure to carbon dioxide results in increased calcium deposits on soft tissue (gout-like). ‚ Carbon dioxide is also poisonous to the heart, and causes diminished contactile force. ‚ Due to the health risks associated with carbon dioxide exposure, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration says that average exposure for healthy adults during an eight-hour work day should not exceed 5,000 ppm (0.5%).
Silver iodide is considered a hazardous and toxic pollutant by the USA’s EPA. Potassium chloride has been used in lethal injections to stop the heart from functioning.
Solid sodium hydroxide or solutions of sodium hydroxide will cause chemical burns, permanent injury or scarring, and blindness if it contacts unprotected human or animal tissue.
So, should we be concerned if cloud-seeding is used to bring on artificial rain? ‚ I’d say, don’t screw with nature! ‚ lol
For the lady who told me about palm oil cruelty 3 years ago, I am sorry I did not take your comments seriously. ‚ I thought it was a sham message!
Should we pay Indonesia to stop poisoning us? ‚ ‚ http://sonofadud.com/2013/06/19/should-we-pay-indonesia-to-stop-poisoning-us/
The world’s growing appetite for cheap palm oil is destroying rain forests and amplifying climate change ‚ http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=stop-burning-rain-forests-for-palm-oil
Palm Oil and Deforestation: ‚ http://www.lifewithoutpalmoil.org/
How to Stop Buying Palm Oil and Help Save the Orangutans: http://www.care2.com/greenliving/how-to-stop-buying-palm-oil-and-help-save-the-orangutans.html
Air Pollution a threat in China at one time http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2012/mar/16/air-pollution-biggest-threat-china Household chemicals cause cancer, birth defects
On the flip, the health threat is in your home as well. TV ads of Febreze is one of them. http://thewatchers.adorraeli.com/2013/02/27/household-chemicals-cause-cancer-birth-defects-wide-range-of-health-issues-who-study-admits/
Chemical Sensitivity in Mainstream Medical Documentation: The 80+ Chemicals Detected in Febreze… http://www.chemicalsensitization.com/2011/07/80-chemical-ingredients-in-febreze.html
Indonesian Fire Maps (1997 to 1998) http://www.fs.fed.us/eng/indofire/
Rainforest Fires are not new, and quite frequent http://www.sott.net/article/117053-Fires-Rage-In-Indonesian-Borneo-And-Sumatra
Palm oil factories are as much to blamed for air pollution even when rainforests are not burned. “Smoke rises from a palm oil factory outside Pekanbaru, Riau province, which also produces paper.” http://rolandsheppard.com/Site/The_Myth_of_Kyoto.html REPIN: http://pinterest.com/pin/142707881915156410/
Haze Spread to Singapore ¦ Can You Hear Mother Nature Calling for Help? http://www.myqute.com/blog/haze-spread-to-singapore-can-you-hear-mother-nature-calling-for-help/
Life-Saving Tips for Hazy Days http://www.myqute.com/blog/life-saving-tips-for-hazy-days/
“Cloud-seeding is not as effective as one thought.” ‚ ‚ http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/11/101101125949.htm
“Cloud seeding fails, water crisis looms” ‚ http://www.dnaindia.com/mumbai/1281105/report-cloud-seeding-fails-water-crisis-looms