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As you wander your local grocery store looking for Halloween candy to buy this year, you might want to consider going green with your selection.  Palm oil is an ingredient in almost every major kind of candy, and its farming can have tremendous, and often irreversible, effects on the natural ecosystems where it is found.  Palm oil comes from reddish pulp of the fruit of the Oil Palm (Elaeis guineensis).  This palm is from, and is still largely grown, in the tropical rainforests of Borneo and Sumatra.  The clearing of land for Oil Palm plantations causes deforestation, habitat loss (there are many threatened and endangered in the rainforests such as the Orangutan and Sumatran Tiger), and the release of large amounts of greenhouse gasses from not only the burning of downed trees but also from the release of greenhouse gasses from the peat bogs that are frequently found under the soil of tropical rainforests.

A number of candy producers have joined the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO).  The RSPO is an international organization that is committed to insuring that the palm oil that is used in products comes exclusively from sustainable palm oil plantations.  Attached is a document with more information on the RSPO and a list of the candy producers that have joined.  So pick a candy from the list and support sustainable palm oil, and when pass it out to the kids that come to your door on October 31st you can know that not only will not get any tricks that evening, but you have done something for the environment as well.




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