Tell the Fast Food Industry to Use Deforestation-Free Palm Oil
McDonald's, Burger King, Yum! Brands (KFC, Pizza Hut, and Taco Bell), and other members of the fast food industry are often the focus of negative attention for the effect on our health, but did you know they are also having a big effect on our climate?
The top global fast food brands use palm oil, an ingredient linked to climate change and deforestation, in their products. As tropical forests are cleared to make way for palm oil plantations, carbon is released into the atmosphere, driving global warming and shrinking habitats for endangered species. Tropical deforestation currently accounts for about 10 percent of the world's heat-trapping emissions.
In September, fast food giants Dunkin' Brands and Krispy Kreme pledged to ensure that they won't buy from palm oil suppliers linked to the loss of tropical forests and carbon-rich peat swamps. The rest of the fast food industry should also set the bar high and make a firm commitment to use only deforestation-free palm oil.
Tell the largest global fast food chains—including McDonald's, Burger King, Yum! Brands, Wendy's, Subway, CKE Restaurants (Hardee's, Carl's Jr., La Salsa, and Green Burrito), Starbucks, Dairy Queen, and Domino's— that for the sake of our atmosphere, tropical forests, and endangered species, the time to act is now.
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For more information on the fast food sector and palm oil, read our latest blog on the issue, Out with Duh-nuts, in with DO-nuts: Two Major Fast Food Brands Tackle Deforestation, and our report, Donuts, Deodorant, Deforestation: Scoring America's Top Brands on Their Palm Oil Commitments.
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Dear fast food industry,
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP]