Palm oil, Sumatra and tigers

Posted on Oct 9, 2013 in News | Comments Off on Palm oil, Sumatra and tigers

What does palm oil have to do with tigers?

Most people have heard of palm oil, but when we look at food labels we rarely see it listed. However it can now be found in about half of all packaged foods and it also appear in soaps, cosmetics and fuel for cars and power plants (read more here).

In Sumatra specifically, tigers habitats are being destroyed at an alarming rate by illegal fires to make way for logging, pulp & oil palm plantations.  In the last 10 years, tiger habitat decreased by an alarming 45% on the island.

On October 8, 2013 21st Century Tiger attended a science event held at ZSL to learn more from oil palm producers, manufacturing supply chain advisors and Defra to explore the challenges and issues related to the UK consumer demand for palm oil.

 Embeded below is a Storify recap of live Twitter commentary from the event.  For more on what we do to protect tigers from the damaging effects of oil palm plantations click here.

Demand for sustainable palm oil


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