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Friday, January 18, 2013

Tell Dr. Oz to stop promoting palm oil

Rainforest Action Network
Ask Dr. Oz to withdraw his support for palm oil
Did you make any New Year’s resolutions this year? Perhaps to exercise more or eat better? If so, make sure you don’t listen to Dr. Oz’s advice.

Dr. Oz, a respected public figure and TV personality who advocates healthy living to the American public, recently encouraged viewers of The Dr. Oz Show to give red palm oil a try for its "incomparable, powerful nutritional virtues.” You and I both know that what Dr. Oz failed to mention is that palm oil is a leading cause of rainforest destruction and orangutan extinction.

Join us in calling on Dr. Oz to stop promoting destructive palm oil. Millions of consumers could unwittingly contribute to the demise of tropical rainforests and all the fragile species that depend on them if Dr. Oz doesn’t tell his viewers the full story.

The rapid destruction of endangered rainforests in Indonesia and Malaysia is a direct result of our food decisions here in North America. Global demand for manufactured foods with long shelf lives, such as cookies, cereals, crackers and chips, has increased demand for palm oil. This spike in demand, in turn, has increased expansion of palm plantations into the rainforests of Indonesia, causing widespread destruction of our planet's most culturally and biologically diverse forests.

Today, just under half of Indonesia's original forest cover remains. The world's leading orangutan scientist, Ian Singleton, estimates that orangutans will be extinct in our lifetime if unchecked palm oil expansion isn't halted right now.

Please email Dr. Oz and ask him to issue a correction of his ill-advised support for palm oil.

For the forests,
Ashley Schaeffer
Rainforest Agribusiness Campaigner

Rainforest Action Network
425 Bush Street, 3rd Floor, San Francisco, CA 94108 USA
Phone: (415) 398-4404   Fax: (415) 398-2732

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