How Snack Food Is Killing Orangutans

About 87 percent of the world’s orangutans live on Borneo, but their numbers have fallen dramatically over the past two decades. This is due to the systematic destruction of the rainforest for a cheap, mass-produced commodity few consumers have even heard of: palm oil. About half of the packaged items in our grocery stores contain palm oil. To produce the oil large portions of rainforest in Indonesia and Malaysia are cleared out every year. This deforestation destroys fragile, biodiverse habitats on which animals such as orangutans — but also rhinos, tigers and elephants — depend.

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France 24 29 Jan 2020 21:59 CET

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