"Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do"

3.1.21 What can you do to have a positive impact? The many names of Palm Oil

Palm Oil may be found in more than half the products in our food, detergents, and body-care products. Why is this a problem? Conflict Palm Oil comes from our few remaining rainforests that are under threat of destruction by companies exploiting the products found within. With this encroachment comes habitat loss which results in species death and extinctions (for example, orangutans), human rights abuses, and climate change, A few examples for food-like products include snack foods like cookies, candy, chips, breakfast cereals, and peanut butter and other spreads. Body-care products like lipstick and body lotion. Cleaning products like soaps, washing powder, and laundry detergents. How can you help? Look for the RSPO label (stands for Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil): Go here for more info on that certification: https://rspo.org/ .

Avoid products that contain these ingredients (which are other names for Palm Oil or derived from palm oil)

Asorbyl Palmitate (see note under Palmitate),

Cetyl palmitate,

Elaeis Guineensis, Etyl PalmitateVegetable Oil,

Fractionated Palm Oil (FP(K)O),

Glyceryl, Glyceryl Stearate,

Hydrated Palm Glycerides,

Octyl Palmitate, Organic Palm Kernel Oil (OPKO),

Palmate, Palmitate (Vitamin A or Asorbyl Palmitate: Note that Vitamin A Palmitate is a very common ingredient in breakfast cereals and one reliable organization has confirmed that 100% of the samples they investigated are derived from palm oil), Palmityl Alcohol, Palmitoyl Oxostearamide, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-3, Palm Fruit Oil, Palm Kernel, Palm Kernel Oil (or PKO), Palm Kernel Olein (PKOo), Palmitic Acid, Palmolein, Palm Stearine or Palm Kernal Sterarine (PKs), Partially Hydrogenated Palm Oil (PHPKO),

Sodium dodecyl Sulphate (SDS or NaDS), Sodium isostearoyl lactylaye (derived from vegetable stearic acid), Sodium Laureth Sulfate (can be from palm or coconut - not sure, search more!), Sodium lauryl sulfoacetate (coconut and/or palm - Not sure? Search more!), Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Sodium Lauryl Sulfates (can be from palm or ricinus oil - Not sure? Search more!), Sodium Kernelate, Sodium Palm Kernelate, Sodium Lauryl Lactylate/Sulphate, Stearate, Steareth -2, Steareth -20, Stearic Acid,

Vegetable Fat, Vitamin A (see note with Palmitate. Additionally, Vitamin A Palmitate can be derived from any combination of vegetable oil such as olive, coconut, canola and/or palm oil: Not sure? Search more!)

**NOTE: Rainforest Action Network states that "names with palmitate at the end are usually derived from palm oil or another oil may be used, but as in the case of Vitamin A Palmitate, very rarely a company will use a different vegetable oil"

Connecting Bites To Effects: Use this list as a guide and remember if you are not sure, search more! Meaning, if an ingredient is questionable avoid the product until you have time to research more. By doing these little things, you can have a big impact. Responsible food systems is a right for all living beings.

In health and wellness, Susan

Resources:

https://www.worldwildlife.org/pages/which-everyday-products-contain-palm-oil

https://www.ran.org/the-understory/palm_oil_s_dirty_secret_the_many_ingredient_names_for_palm_oil/


2.1.21 What can you do to have a positive impact? Neonics and us.

Neonicotiniods are insecticides that are found in products used around our homes, schools, city landscapes, and farms. "Neonics" are systemic, meaning they are absorbed by the plant tissues and then expressed in all parts of the plant, including nectar and pollen which then harms our precious pollinators like bees, butterflies, hummingbirds, and other flower-visiting insects. Bee colonies are in decline and this is a major problem as pollinators are the reason food reaches our table (without pollination, plants and trees will stop producing vegetables, fruits, nuts, etc.). Neonics disorient bees, butterflies, hummingbirds, and other pollintors which effects migratory patterns, breeding, and healthy offspring. As we work to maintain pretty yards and high yielding vegetable/fruit gardens, we may be unaware that some of the products we are purchasing include these neonicotinoids which are typically applied in far greater concentrations in our gardens than they might be on farms. Click here for more info on neonicotinoids and for planting recommendations in your yard: https://xerces.org/neonicotinoids-and-bees/

How can you become part of the solution?

Read the labels of all garden and yard products you are looking to purchase. Scrutinize the label and the ingredient list contains the following, then leave it on the shelf (and maybe mention the hazard to the store manager):

acetamiprid, clothianidin, dinotefuran, imidacloprid, thiamethoxam

Insure neonicotinoids are not used on your property. Know the products that you are using, that any yard maintenance personnel are using, and if you are part of a homeowner's association that maintains the grounds then ask questions about products authorized for use.

Connecting Bites To Effects: Have an impact with your purchasing power. Always inquire with your local nursery if their plants are neonicotinoid free. If they don't know or if they say they have been treated with neonicotinoids then leave the plants in the store and explain to the store manager why you are doing so. When dollars start walking away, businesses act!

Create patches of pesticide-free, pollinator-friendly flowers in your garden or around your neighborhood. Beauty and environmental consciousness can go a long way.

Go ahead, be bold and take the Pollinator Safe Pledge now: https://peopleandpollinators.org/our-solution/psn-pledge/

Resources:

A song called "The Bees Say Please" by Guy Louis. You will need to scroll down the page to find the link: https://guylouis.com/gallery/

https://xerces.org/neonicotinoids-and-bees/

https://peopleandpollinators.org/our-problem/