Target: Wendy’s CEO, Emil Brolik
Goal: Bengal Tigers are going extinct due to poaching and deforestation, and Wendy’s is fueling the fire by using Conflict Palm Oil in their food.
With slogans like “Do what tastes right” and “Quality is our recipe”, you would think Wendy’s would take more pride in their ingredients, but they continue to add to the growing problems of rainforest deforestation and wildlife destruction by using Conflict Palm Oil in their products. Even worse, they claim to be focused on sustainability and protecting the environment, but this is nothing more than greenwashing, falling short of making any material improvement on their impact on the environment.
Palm oil is a driver of wildlife destruction, deforestation and climate change, but that can be changed. Palm oil doesn’t require forest elimination in order to be grown. Deforested land is driving numerous species into extinction as their habitat is destroyed in favor of plantations totally dedicated to growing oil palms, but it’s unnecessary. Similarly, peat soils release enormous quantities of stored carbon when swampy peatlands are cleared and drained. However, this is equally unnecessary because palm oil can be grown in mineral soils instead of peat. At the same time, crop yields can be increased to lessen the need for expanding plantations. Oil palms can be grown in a sustainable manner.
For many farmers in Central America, Central/West Africa and South East Asia, palm oil is a basic source of income and heavily favored for cooking. It’s also exported around the world in thousands of products, from food to biofuel. Palm oil dominates all vegetable oil production globally as 38% of the world’s oil. However, monoculture plantations, growing only palm oil, are getting a lot of attention for their negative effect on the environment. This includes deforestation and disruption of local populations of humans and animals.
Many threatened species, including bengal tigers, have had their numbers greatly reduced when forests are cleared for palm oil plantations. When these animals wander into plantations they are regularly killed, but all of this is avoidable. Many companies like Dunkin’ Donuts, McDonald’s, Nestlé, and others have made a commitment not to source unsustainable palm oil. Tell Wendy’s to follow suit and make a real commitment to sourcing sustainable palm oil.
Dear Emil Brolik,
Many threatened species, including primates that live in rainforests, have had their numbers seriously reduced when forests are cleared for palm oil plantations and when these animals wander into plantations they are regularly killed. Bengal tigers are growing close to extinction, in large part due to unsustainably sourced palm oil. Deforestation and the use of peat, which releases great quantities of stored carbon when swampy peatlands are cleared and drained, are the largest culprits of pollution from the palm oil industry, but it can be grown in a responsible and sustainable manner.
Wendy’s can join the many other large corporations such as McDonald’s and Dunkin’ Donuts and become a part of the solution instead of the problem. Take a stand against Conflict Palm Oil, and demand your suppliers source only sustainable palm oil for Wendy’s. You can make a real difference in the world.
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