Friday, 12 December 2014

Oiling the Wheels of Ape Survival?


The problems for Orangutan conservation raised by the booming of palm oil plantations in SE Asia are well-documented (http://www.orangutan.org.au/palm-oil) as these apes are persecuted as 'pests' on the crops (the oil is much used in food, biofuels and cosmetics and is seen as a bonus in areas of the world with ample rain and sunshine but without hydrocarbon deposits). The ape, of course, has no appreciation of the reprehensiveness of eating the tops of the palms. It appears, however, that there will be changed legislation in the EU to indicate the presence of palm oil on all packaging (which might make people think again). 

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