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By Diane Small
It’s a sad fact that rainforests across Southeast Asia are being destroyed every day to make way for massive palm oil plantations, where workers, even children, are trapped in modern slavery to cultivate the vegetable oil. The clearing of these rainforests and peatlands are driving many species like the orangutan and Sumatran tiger to the brink of extinction, while also polluting the Earth’s atmosphere by releasing gigatons of greenhouse gases.
Many fast food companies are complicit with this, and fuel demand for rainforests to be chopped down. Starbucks is one of the worst offenders, as is PepsiCo, manufacturer of Lay’s chips, Doritos, owner of Taco Bell and many other junk food brands.
Each year, PepsiCo buys a whopping 427,500 tonnes of palm oil. Given how high profile the Doritos Super Bowl campaign is (and how likely it is that millions of Americans will be munching their way through the game), we’re using this opportunity to let consumers around the world know about PepsiCo’s irresponsible palm oil sourcing policy–as told through a pretty funny video.
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