Summer time is, of course, snacking prime time. For most people that means healthier choices with an eye towards bathing suits and hot weather wardrobes.
I'm also making changes to my snacking habits, but they're not based on the beach attire trauma. Instead they're all about the use of sustainably-sourced palm oil. That's because palm oil, a type of vegetable oil, has become a key ingredient in so many foods. To produce it, many companies are burning down rain forests, in places like Indonesia, to grow oil palms. It's devastating the animals that live there, including adorable orangutans as well as leopards, Asian elephants, bears and tigers. (It is, after all, the eve of Global Tiger Day and they're my fave animal.) Palm oil is also linked to human rights violations.
- New Yorkers Can Now Get Their Local, Sustainable Meat from a Vending Machine
- Is Vertical Farming the Key to Sustainable Seafood?
- 5 Ways to Tell if Your Coffee Is Sustainable
I could go on; instead, I'll just tell you that I decided to read ingredient labels, especially on snacks like chips, chocolate and instant noodles. If it contains palm oil, I tend to put it back.