Do you want to know the entire truth behind the coveted Nutella spread? It’s one of the most delicious spreads in the world and one of the most popular as well but it’s jeopardizing some of the world’s animal and plant species as we speak. We need to speak out and reveal the truth and only then can we do something to put an end to this global madness.
The truth behind Nutella
Everyone who’s tried it knows what Nutella is, an irresistible blend of cocoa, milk and hazelnuts with a unique flavor and growing popularity. We all love Nutella and use it almost daily. Many brands have tried to copy the formula but the Nutella spread is unique. Pietro Ferrero is the man behind the legend created in 1963 in Alba, Italy.
However, the truth behind Nutella and many other popular brands like it is that they’re destroying entire species in their search for raw materials and lead them to the brink of extinction. Borneo and Sumatra are some of the largest habitats of orangutans and they’re becoming extinct as their food sources are being destroyed by the large companies. Why? Because they need these areas to plant palm trees and have large supplies of palm oil which they need to manufacture their coveted products. Palm oil is increasingly becoming popular in the food industry as it acts as a natural preservative but without altering the taste of food. Plus it’s very cheap. Environmental organizations have been speaking out about the irregularities in the production of palm oil for quite some time. In addition to destroying the orangutan habitats, deforestation leads to extinction of animal species like the Sumatran tiger which has quite an impact on the environment. Moreover, the deforestation and burning of the trees to make room for the palm tree plantations emits more than 1800 million tons of greenhouse gases.
Popular brands are slowly coming around
Creating plantations of palm trees results in the destruction of vast areas of forests mostly in the region of Indonesia. The problems arises when governments that are in charge for these areas don’t care about the prevention of damages. In 2010 the environmental organization Greenpeace discovered that the company called Sinar Mas was responsible for the deforestation of these areas and was suppling raw materials like palm oil to many companies around the globe, including Nestle. Before the whole situation was made public, Nestle suddenly broke all commercial ties with the company Sinar Mas. After the scandal broke out, Unilever who purchased palm oil from the same company for the production of Dove soaps, shampoos and lotions ended their cooperation with Sinar Mas. Kraft played the same move.
The situation is much more serious that we give it credit
These companies don’t respect the animals that live in these areas nor their habitats. Deforestation destroys the habitats of many species like the orangutan, pushing them to the verge of extinction. During the burning of the forests these animals are beaten, mistreated and some even end up getting burned alive. There’s no agreement that will guarantee the wellbeing of these animals and the protection of their habitats.
The animal species of Indonesia, Borneo and Malaysia are the victims of palm oil plantations and this the truth behind brands like Nutella. It’s not just Nutella, the following companies all use palm oil from these areas:
- Procter & Gamble
- Mans hell
- Ben & Jerry’s
- Hugo Boss
- Lefecre –Utile
- D & G
- THE REAL
Deforestation is a global problem and we’re all aware of it but companies like Nutella have no commitment to preserving the environment. They don’t investigate and get involved, all they do is sign agreements with companies which lack the environmental ethics and this is the real problem. If they cared more about the environment and less about their gain things would be much different.
The biggest deforestation problems are:
- The destruction of habitats affects all the species that call those areas their home. There’s a huge loss of biodiversity as many animals don’t survive the deforestation or the loss of their habitat.
- Carbon dioxide fixation – Trees are essential for the purification of the air and the prevention of greenhouse gasses emissions.
- Soil erosions which happen as a result of the deforestation. They lead to massive patches of unproductive soils. Without trees the hydrological cycle can’t continue and the vapors can’t return to the atmosphere. Without forest covers the ground is under direct sunlight which further aggravates the climate change.
- Higher risk of floods – trees are natural barriers against floods so without them the ground is at a higher risk of flooding.
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