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article imageIs Prince Charles' food destroying rainforests?

By Bob Ewing     May 2, 2009 in Environment
Palm oil is present in five of products in the Prince's Duchy Originals range of organic groceries sold in British shops.
The World Wide Fund for Nature, Greenpeace and Friends of the Earth, along with the United Nations, and other environmental groups are concerned about the clearing of jungles in Sumatra and Borneo. The areas are being cleared to make way for palm oil plantations. The world's cheapest cooking oil is also grown in Papua New Guinea and Colombia.
In 2007, the Prince organized the Prince's Rainforest Project with the backing of 18 corporations including Goldman Sachs and McDonald's to campaign against deforestation.
Duchy Originals
manufacturers use palm oil in its toffee biscuits, beetroot soup, spinach and nutmeg soup, fresh chicken gravy and steak and ale pie.
A spokesman for the company yesterday defended the practice, saying: "Currently less than five of our products – in a range of over 200 – contain palm oil. Duchy Originals only uses palm oil in recipes where there is no alternative, and then only in minimal quantities. We have worked hard over the past year to eliminate palm oil from a number of our products and have asked our producers to look at replacing it wherever possible."
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