Noticed by chance a carton of Orville Redenbacher in my pantry. More palm oil. More disappointment. Off goes an email. Here’s behemoth’s ConAgra’s response:
Thank you for your email concerning our Orville Redenbacher’s Microwave Popcorn.
Consumer safety and health is a top priority at ConAgra Foods. For that reason, we work with reputable suppliers for all of our ingredients to ensure the safety, quality and wholesomeness of our products.
Whether they are based in the United States or elsewhere, all ConAgra Foods suppliers must adhere to the standards set by the federal government as well as by ConAgra Foods for delivering safe, quality ingredients – allowing us to provide consumers with products they can trust.
We are in compliance with all applicable regulations regarding all of our products and ingredients, regardless of their country-of-origin. Additionally, we require that all of our suppliers to do so as well.
Food safety and quality are our top priorities.
Thanks again for your feedback. We’re listening!
Michelle Consumer Affairs Representative ConAgra Foods Case: 60832997
Not sure what to take from this. On the one hand, adhering to U.S. law will do nothing to stop palm oil’s rape of southeast Asian rainforests because there is no law on the issue. On the other hand, they do say they adhere to “all applicable regulations regarding all of our products and ingredients, regardless of their country-of-origin.” Could that mean that they abide by the internal laws of Indonesia not to chop down high conservation value rainforests for palm oil plantations — and use palm oil from such plantations? Are there even such laws on the books in Indonesia? If so, they’re sure-as-hell not enforced.
Until I find out, Newman’s Organics shall get my popcorn purchasing power. (see earlier post.)
UPDATE 4/6/2012: Although I don’t trust food giant ConAgra to do anything good for the environment that isn’t in their greedy interests, I did see that Orville Redenbacher Popcorn is allegedly a member of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil, which is HARDLY A PERFECT ANSWER (see this blog for links to sites that explain why in more detail). But it’s a start. The link where I found that info can be found here: