“Palm oil casualty? 14 pygmy elephants fall prey to pesticides in Borneo
Malaysian wildlife officials say 14 dead pygmy elephants were found last month in Borneo, apparently poisoned by chemicals used by farmers on the country’s massive palm-oil plantations.”
By Jason Motlagh, Correspondent / February 11, 2013
“Sabah Province, Malaysia
A rare breed of elephant appears to be the latest casualty of the palm oil boom that is sweeping Malaysian Borneo, reigniting an already heated debate over the pros and cons of the world’s cheapest cooking oil.
Malaysian wildlife officials say 14 dead pygmy elephants were found last month in the wilds of Sabah Province, apparently poisoned by chemicals used by farmers to keep pests from eating the palm fruit grown on plantations that blanket vast swaths of the countryside.
In one instance, a 3-month old baby elephant was photographed nuzzling its mother, who lay on the ground next to three other corpses. For activists, the image is emblematic of nature’s losing battle with man in and around the farms…”
I recently went palm-oil free and it wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be. But I’m not living at home, so I can do my own grocery shopping. It would be a lot harder if someone else was doing the shopping for you. 365 makes palm oil free Oreo knock offs, which I couldn’t live without.