“Avoiding palm oil may not actually help protect orangutans and other biodiversity. All agriculture has a footprint, and palm oil is a very efficient way of producing vegetable oil – if companies were forced to switch to alternative oils, up to ten times as much land would be needed to meet global demand for vegetable oils. … What we need to do is ensure that it is cultivated in the least damaging way possible.” (http://news.mongabay.com/2014/1212-eu-palm-oil-labeling.html)
Our palm oil footprint must include opposable toes.
“Agricultural giant Cargill, America’s largest palm oil importer, will no longer buy palm oil from sources associated with deforestation, conversion of peatlands, and social conflict. … The company added that it may cut off suppliers who don’t comply with its policy.” (http://news.mongabay.com/2014/0730-cargill-palm-oil-policy.html)
Suppliers who don’t adhere may find themselves on a slippery slope.