Focusing On The Conservation of Ecosystems, Habitats & Wildlife

Girl Scouts Working On Replacing Palm Oil Ingredient In Their Cookies

Since 1917, Girl scouts have been selling their cookies and all 16 varieties of the cookies contain palm oil.

During a two-hour meeting last Tuesday morning at Girl Scouts of the USA headquarters in New York City, scout officials agreed to research palm oil to determine if they can get more of the ingredient from rain forests that haven’t been cleared for palm oil plantations, or if they can replace it with something else.

Palm oil has been used for centuries as cooking oil and it has integrated itself seamlessly into our lives. Common products like soap, detergent as well as processed food like chocolate and cereal include palm oil. In fact about 50% of the products we use contain palm oil [Source: Rainforest Action Network]. It’s low price and high saturation point make it attractive to food processing companies as well as oil companies. This increased demand for palm oil is leading to increased deforestation in already threatened areas like Brazil, Malaysia and Indonesia.

Palm Oil -- A Rainforest's Most Deadly Commodity

Palm oil has been a rainforest’s greatest enemy next to lumber companies, but there is hope for sustainable palm oil. The creation of the RSPO (Roundtable of Sustainable Palm Oil) as well as Brazil’s new plan for sustainable oil are all steps in the right direction. The only problem is to find a way to stop the damage in Indonesia and Malaysia.

Deforestation Is Devasting

What is happening to the Forest?  Who’s protecting it now?

I read an article today (Replanting The Rainforest.Org) that mentioned despite conservation efforts, deforestation continues at an alarming rate of 50,193 square miles per year which equals to approximately 36 football fields a minute!  Can you imagine?

So, is anyone asking WHY? Is it possible to stop this momentum of devastation?  Given the rate at which climate change is happening, no country can afford to neglect its forests.

Deputy Director General of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, IUCN, Dr. Jackson said “the continued global decline in forest area and quality, particularly in the tropics, has serious social, economic and ecological consequences.”  He does see hope for forests in the urgency of tackling global warming.  He stated, “We must seize this moment to promote the sustainable management of forests and to develop sustainable livelihoods for the people who depend on forests.”

Finally…Madagascar Reinstates Ban of Rosewood

I was sooo happy to see this ban reinstated last week on Rosewood logging and exports in Madagascar! Can you imagine….illegal logging of its NATIONAL PARKS!

Photo found on WildMadagascar.Org

Unfortuantely, over 20,000 acres of Madagascar’s rainforests were affected, including Marojejy, Masoala and Makira national parks which are some of the island’s most biologically diverse rainforests.

Andrea Johnson of EIA (Environmental Investigation Agency) wrote via email “We’re hopeful that this moratorium marks a decision by the transition government to consider the long-term value of Madagascar’s natural resources and end the uncontrolled exploitation of the forest for quick profit.”  She also said  “We’d like to believe this is actually the beginning of a new book, not just the start of another chapter in the recent sad story of corruption and plunder of Madagascar’s irreplaceable forests.”

Deforestation in the U.S. – A Look Back

Losing the trees and the loss of animal habitats is unforgivable, however it is happening everywhere.

Do we continue to ignore the consequences that affect us all and wreck havoc on our ecosystems?

Found on The Conservation Report by Buck Denton - Click Here to Read Article and Follow Blog

Above is a chart showing the deforestation and devastation in the United States from 1620 – present.  Do we need visual charts to see just what we are doing to the EARTH?

Keep in Mind: Each dot represents 25,000 acres of forests!

When will we learn? When will we stop? When will it be too late?