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West Kalimantan Fadeaway


  WEST KALIMANTAN FADEAWAY The hairy, ginger-colored primate strutted awkwardly toward us, like an unsure toddler learning to walk, until he halted, squared himself up, and glared. His wondrous gaze of seeming defiance — long arms, the length of his … Continue reading

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Toosie Roll – Now Using Palm Oil?


Tootsie Roll has me stymied.  I thought they were one of the good guys on palm oil  Hell, it wasn’t just a few years ago where they were being held out as a paragon of palm oil virtue. In 2013, … Continue reading

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Clif Bar – Not Far Enough, Not There Yet, on Palm Oil


  My girlfriend texted me from work the other day. She said, “I’m eating a Clif Bar, which has palm oil.  Just saw ingredients. It says organic palm oil.” Knowing organic palm oil doesn’t mean anything when it comes to … Continue reading

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Updated: 8/24/2017: Lactaid “Milk”? — With Palm Oil?!


UPDATE: 8/24/2017 I took issue with Lactaid actually being able to say this with a straight metaphorical face: We do not directly purchase palm oil (PO) or palm kernel oil (PKO) but rather ingredients that are derived from PO and … Continue reading

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Pop-Secret Is Top Secret On Its Palm Oil Sources – A Short Story


The environmentalist was in a hurry. He was binging “House of Cards” on Netflix. But something was missing. “Popcorn!,” he blurted out, way too melodramatically for anybody’s own good , racing for his new all-electric Chevy Bolt — you know, … Continue reading

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180 Degrees — Its Silence Shows It Hasn’t “Come Around” (See What I Did There) On Palm Oil


Another day, another trip into our palm oil-invaded workplace kitchen. This time the insidious creep of palm oil snuck-in in the form of a bagged Trojan horse called “Nutty Rice Bites”, from a company called something like 180 Degrees (I … Continue reading

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Now THIS is How You DO It – Ben & Jerry’s Goes Palm Oil Free!


I always knew that Ben & Jerry’s had a palm oil issue.  But not all their flavors. So I looked for those flavors that didn’t contain palm oil, or palm oil codewords, knowing the company was working toward the goal … Continue reading

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