Kellogg’s announcement shows business can be part of climate solution

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The American cereal giant Kellogg’s has announced that it will only use “environmentally responsible” palm oil in its products, showing once more that  big business is increasingly interested in contributing to climate change solutions. Kellogg’s announcement follows a similar pledge late last year by the major agribusiness company Wilmar—one of the world’s largest palm oil traders. Previously singled out as the world’s least environmentally friendly company, Wilmar has now committed to the “deforestation free” sourcing of palm oil. Other major companies that have pledged to eliminate deforestation from their supply chains include Unilever, Ferrero, and Nestlé.

Palm oil, which is used in a wide range of consumer goods, is a major contributor to climate change. In the past 20 years, at least 30,000 square miles of tropical forest has been cleared to accommodate oil palm plantations, much of it in Indonesia and Malaysia. Deforestation contributes to the mass extinction of animal and plant species, threatening endangered icons like the Sumatran tiger and the orangutan. It also contributes significantly to global warming, accounting for more than 15% of worldwide carbon emissions. Corporate action to curb deforestation is an encouraging sign that the world’s largest companies are becoming more inclined to consider climate impacts even as they pursue profits.

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