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Oreo: the cookie that tastes like deforestation, labor exploitation and child labor

Oreo: the cookie that tastes like deforestation, labor exploitation and child labor

Oreo cookies, favorites of many children and adults in various parts of the world, could be causing serious damage to the planet and, unknowingly, when many consume them they support the damage to the environment.

The famous cookies have a large amount of chocolate in their content and each bite can give us a little taste of business irresponsibility. And may that piece of cookie, in addition to making the trip to the stomach, digest the consciousness and bring to mind the sad gaze of our close biological cousins, the orangutans.

Yes, today the Oreo cookie tastes like deforestation. And the manufacturing company of this famous cookie is called Mondelez, maker of the famous Cadbury chocolate bars, Ritz cookies and Oreo cookies.

Palm oil is used to make all these cookies. An investigation by Greenpeace International has found that between 2015 and 2017, 22 of Mondelez's palm oil suppliers destroyed more than 70,000 hectares of rainforest, an area larger than the City of Chicago, where the headquarters of the This multinational. Of all this destroyed area, 25,000 hectares were habitat for orangutans.

Furthermore, the palm oil supplying industries for Mondelez have also been accused of child labor, labor exploitation, illegal deforestation, forest fires and land grabbing.

Mondelez defends that the palm oil it buys annually, around 300,000 tons, is certified by the Round Table on Sustainable Palm Oil, a seal better known by the acronym RSPO. But the method by which these certificates are awarded by the palm oil industry are mere declarations of intent that represent the worst possible certification model.

In practice, this means that the plantations and producer groups from which Mondelez is mainly supplied do not have a sustainable management model nor do they exclude the destruction of the rainforest.

In 2014, the Mondelez company adopted a commitment to "No Deforestation, No destruction of peatlands and No logging." Likewise, Mondelez signed the New York Declaration to End Deforestation of Forests and is a member of the Consumer Goods Forum Palm Oil Working Group. If it's about signing, Mondelez signs up first.

But everything remains the same. It is outrageous that, despite having promised almost ten years ago to clean up its palm oil supply chain,Mondelez is still trading in forest destroyers. Mondelez knows that its suppliers, led by Wilmar International, are not assuring it that its palm oil does not come from deforestation and the destruction of orangutan habitat.

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