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If you’re planning to celebrate this Valentine’s Day by giving (or perhaps receiving) store-bought chocolates, keep an eye out for candies labeled with a special sticker from the Rainforest Action Network (RAN) warning you to avoid the palm oil found in so many conventional candies.

In a RAN campaign titled “There’s nothing romantic about #ConflictPalmOil,” the stickers are being placed on candies in more than 250 U.S cities on brands such as Hershey’s, Mars, Nestle, and Mondelez (formerly known as Kraft). The point of the stickers is to promote awareness about the dangers of palm oil for humans, animals, and the earth.

As part of the campaign, hundreds of activists have been deployed to place the stickers. The end goal, RAN explains, is change.

In a press release from RAN, Gemma Tillack, Senior Agribusiness Campaigner for Rainforest Action Network, states, “None of America’s big chocolate companies can verifiably ensure that their candies and chocolates do not contain palm oil connected to child labor, land grabs and rainforest destruction.”

Considering that more than 85 percent of palm oil is grown in child-labor heavy areas such as Indonesia and Malaysia, you can probably see how buying such candies really doesn’t bring up warm and loving thoughts, if you really think about it!

“There’s nothing romantic about Conflict Palm Oil,” says Tillack. “No one wants to say ‘I love you’ with Valentine’s candies that cause child labor, land grabbing and rainforest destruction.”

If you want to avoid palm oil candies, look for those that use other alternatives — or, better yet, make your own! Now that’s romantic!

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8 comments on “Activists Label Palm Oil Candies to Warn Valentine’s Day Buyers in 250 Cities”

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Elizabeth Shipley
4 Years Ago

Look for good dark chocolate with the label Fair Trade International that is not made with child labor

Stephanie Michelle Morris
4 Years Ago

It's best to avoid buying all big name brands for several reasons

Colleen Weaver
4 Years Ago

happy Valentine's.

Jules Mrscharliebrown Aguilera
4 Years Ago

Christina Aguilera-Aguilera Jackie Agui

Michele Galeotafiore
4 Years Ago

It destroys forest, displace indigenous people and wildlife.

Annie Menna-Carrozza
4 Years Ago

And the dying orangutans and orphaned babies.

4 Years Ago

Perhaps we should stop the ridiculous commercial driven day that is Valentines. Majority of organisations named above already have sustainable palm oil policies. This action will have zero impact on the uptake of sustainable palm oil. Have a look where the big volume of palm oil is consumed, it isn't in what we classify as the developed nations. So we get to a situation where we in America or Europe can say 'All products on supermarket shelves contain Non Conflict Palm Oil' . I guarantee the biodiversity loss will still continue, I wonder why ??

4 Years Ago

I was hoping to use your Valentine's picture as my banner on FB to spread the word and collect interest, however your banner pic cannot be saved so I can load it for my banner. It is a shame. I am sure a few of my friends will see my Share, but was hoping for a little more publishing. Thanks, Kindal


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