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Food Inspiration  |  May 6, 2018

Let's Talk About Palm Oil

The good, the bad and the better side of the story.  We see reasons why not to use palm oil, but we also see reasons to use palm oil in the right way.  So in the spirit of transparency, we wanted to share with you our palm oil story.

We’re committed to protecting forests, peatlands and human and community rights. To stay true to that commitment, we do not allow the development of high carbon stock forests, the burning of trees in preparation for re-planting, nor new development on peat areas. We do adhere to all relevant national laws, work to progressively reduce greenhouse gas emissions on existing palm plantations and apply Best Management Practices for existing plantations on peat lands. We also follow all Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) or equivalent certification criteria. The RSPO has multiple principles that organizations must thoroughly meet, including, but not limited to, a commitment to transparency; long-term economic and financial viability; following national regulations; and the conservation of natural resources and biodiversity1

How are we protecting community and human rights? One way is that we’re committed to respecting Land Tenure rights. Land Tenure rules identify how property rights are allocated, transferred or managed in a particular society, which can play a large part in economic growth2. We’re also focused on facilitating the inclusion of smallholders into the supply chain and prohibiting forced and child labor as well as human trafficking.

“Our goal is a future where everyone uses palm oil that was grown in ways that protects farmers, communities, animal habitats and the global environment, which is why we’re dedicated to responsibly-sourced palm oil.”3

What about why we use palm oil? Well, we don’t use palm oil in many of our foods, but when we do it’s just enough for the right taste and texture. In addition, palm oil is the highest-yielding vegetable crop, producing 4-10 times more oil than less efficient other crops per unit of cultivated land4.

We remain fully committed to helping end deforestation and supporting the production of sustainable palm oil because we believe achieving one’s best life through positive nutrition should yield a positive impact on the environment, too.

1https://rspo.org/key-documents/certification/rspo-principles-and-criteria

2 http://qww.fao.org/docrep/005/y4307e.htm

3 http://www.openforbreakfast.com/en_US/content/sustainability/kelloggs-commitment-to-responsibly-source-palm-oil.html

4 https://www.rspo.org/file/RSPO_DesignFactSheet

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