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    USA:Burger King Cancels Indo Palm Oil, Rainforest Destruction Cited

    Now if they'd stop selling meat..



    Burger King to stop buying oil from Indonesian co. - Yahoo! News

    Burger King to stop buying oil from Indonesian co.




    Sat Sep 4, 3:50 am ET JAKARTA, Indonesia Environmentalists on Saturday praised Burger King's decision to stop buying [COLOR=#366388 ! important][COLOR=#366388 ! important]palm [COLOR=#366388 ! important]oil[/COLOR][/COLOR][/COLOR] from an Indonesian company accused of destroying rainforests.
    The U.S. hamburger chain giant which recently sealed a deal to sell itself for $3.26 billion to 3G Capital said Friday that it was canceling its contract with PT [COLOR=#366388 ! important][COLOR=#366388 ! important]Sinar [COLOR=#366388 ! important]Mas[/COLOR][/COLOR][/COLOR] Agro Resources and Technology over concerns it had not adopted sustainable farming practices.
    It cited an independent audit that found the company's plantations had violated several regulations, including planting in some peatland swamps and secondary forests.
    "These practices are inconsistent with our corporate responsibility commitments," Burger King said in a statement on Facebook as it joined a growing list of multinationals that have broken ties with Sinar Mas.
    Burger King did not say what its alternate source of palm oil used for frying would be.


    The environmental group Greenpeace, which has accused Sinar Mas companies of tearing down forests that are home to orangutans and other endangered species, welcomed the move.


    Bustar Maitar, the group's regional forest campaigner, urged other major corporate consumers like Cargill, [COLOR=#366388 ! important][COLOR=#366388 ! important]Pizza [COLOR=#366388 ! important]Hut[/COLOR][/COLOR][/COLOR] and Dunkin' Donuts to do the same.


    Jatna Supriatna from Conservation International Indonesia sees the move as a lesson for Sinar Mas and others companies that have destroyed the tropical forests that are home to endangered wildlife and act as a filter to absorb carbon dioxide, a key cause of [COLOR=#366388 ! important][COLOR=#366388 ! important]global [COLOR=#366388 ! important]climate [/COLOR][COLOR=#366388 ! important]change[/COLOR][/COLOR][/COLOR].
    "They should not just be aggressive in expanding plantations without allotting their revenues for the forest restoration," Supriatna said Saturday. "The government has to stop them."


    Indonesia is the world's largest producer of palm oil, a cheap commodity used to manufacture cooking oil, margarine, cosmetics and bio fuel.
    Sinar Mas said in a statement it was disappointed with Burger King's decision, but would work hard to convince the U.S. company that it was committed to sustainable practices.
    Unilever, Nestle and Kraft Foods also have recently broken ties with Sinar Mas.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ripley
    Burger King did not say what its alternate source of palm oil — used for frying — would be.
    Surprised they use palm oil. Isn't there some controversy over health hazard using palm oil?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ripley
    Now if they'd stop selling meat..
    Veggie King! Nope, doesn't quite have the ring. Hungry Jack's might work.

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    Veggie King ! I love it !

    It has been postulated that the health issues regarding palm oil are misinformation by western oil producers.

    A google search has proponents of health based in Asia and detractors based in west.
    I stick to raw olive oil and sesame or sunflower for cooking.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Norton
    Veggie King! Nope, doesn't quite have the ring. Hungry Jack's might work.
    Dull, Boring Shit King?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ripley View Post
    Veggie King ! I love it !

    It has been postulated that the health issues regarding palm oil are misinformation by western oil producers.

    A google search has proponents of health based in Asia and detractors based in west.
    I stick to raw olive oil and sesame or sunflower for cooking.
    Palm oil is cheapest. And high in cholesterol. Supposed to be particularly dangerous when re-used to fry stuff, like you would get from local street food vendors.

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    Sinar Mas will not lose sleep over it China will happily buy the oil no matter how much rain forest is destroyed.

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    Seems pointless, with the over population and poverty the rain forest has short shelf life regardless of this move by Burger King.

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    Seems as palm oil could have a growing future....being promoted as the most beneficial and practical "alternative" fuel source - hence the mass plantings throughout SE Asia over the last few years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Gribbs
    Seems pointless
    All about corporate marketing hype. Latest being "green" branding.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Norton
    Surprised they use palm oil. Isn't there some controversy over health hazard using palm oil?
    That doesn't surprised me in the least...cheap and is dangerous...give to everyone and start with the kiddies first... Doesn't it strike you as odd that many companies use very dangerous colourants and ingredients in the products....???? talk about trying to wipe out future sales...??????

    Quote Originally Posted by Ripley
    Unilever, Nestle and Kraft Foods also have recently broken ties with Sinar Mas.
    Surprised their as they are a right bunch of cnuts....as companies go...Oh well too much flak will do that to ya... just ask Pepsi with their Burma connections...

    Quote Originally Posted by Ripley
    I stick to raw olive oil and sesame or sunflower for cooking.
    Agreed there, extra virgin(s) for me...none of that shi'te in my gaff...cheap enough in bulk at makro's any hooo.

    Quote Originally Posted by kmart
    Palm oil is cheapest. And high in cholesterol. Supposed to be particularly dangerous when re-used to fry stuff, like you would get from local street food vendors
    And you know the Thai's they ain't throwing anything away...unless it's into the sea or the local water supply!!!!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by Sakeopete
    Sinar Mas will not lose sleep over it China will happily buy the oil no matter how much rain forest is destroyed.
    Sadly totally agree with this statement as well..China suck huge balls when it comes to the environment....I remember the Olympics....couldn't bloody see anything for the smog..even athletes were complaining about the bloody air quality...


    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Gribbs
    Seems pointless, with the over population and poverty the rain forest has short shelf life regardless of this move by Burger King.
    Good god, it just gets more and more depressing doesn't it........No it's not pointless we just have to stop being completely selfish and stop the incessant greed...

    OK, you are right that ain't ever gonna happen as long a 'Man' walks the planet....


    Evolved my arse.....just stupid slaves...
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