Nutella spread ‘damages environment’

365 million kilos of Nutella, the nutty chocolate spread were consumed around the world. Ferrero, with an annual turnover of more than USD 11 billion, purchases 80% of its palm oil from Malaysia and the rest of its supply comes from Brazil, Indonesia and Papua New Guinea. Wildlife such as orangutans have been found buried alive, killed from machete attacks, guns and other weaponry.

France’s Ecology Minister Segolene Royal has urged people to stop eating Nutella because it is made with palm oil which contribute to deforestation. Replacing trees damages the environment resulted in tragic consequences for the animals and and over-consumption the palm oil could cause cardiovascular diseases. French government tried unsuccessfully to impose a 300% tax on palm oil in 2011.

According to the World Wildlife Fund, an area the equivalent size of 300 football fields of rainforest is cleared each hour to make way for palm oil production. This large-scale deforestation is pushing many species to extinction, and findings show that if nothing changes species like the orangutan could become extinct in the wild within the next 5-10 years, and Sumatran tigers less than 3 years.

Ferrero, one of the largest palm oil buyers which owns Nutella, has announced the awareness of its negative environmental impact and committed to source palm oil in a responsible way. Brands listen to us when we speak up and vote with our wallet.

We can take care of what we buy, it makes the difference. By consuming only the responsible food products, it protects the planet and maintain our health. 😉