Not only that sweet foods are bad for your health, they’re bad for the environment too. As a matter of fact, one of which is your favorite hazelnut chocolate spread – NUTELLA.Just recently, France’s ecology minister, Segolene Royal is calling for a boycott of Nutella, the hazelnut chocolate spread, saying that one of its primary ingredients is palm oil, and producing it leads to massive deforestation in Asia and Latin America.
We have to replant a lot of trees because there is massive deforestation that also leads to global warming. We should stop eating Nutella, for example, because it’s made with palm oil. Oil palms have replaced trees, and therefore caused considerable damage to the environment,” Royal said.
Nutella should be made from other ingredients,” she said.
According to CBS News, palm oil, which is used in scores of every day products from pizza to ice cream to lip stick, mostly comes from Malaysia and Indonesia but is increasingly being produced in Latin America and Africa.
The increased concern over its environmental impact has prompted scores of palm oil companies, multinational traders like Cargill and consumer companies like Nestle, Unilever and Ferrero to come out with policies committing them to sourcing the palm oil in a sustainable way.
Environmental groups have praised these commitments but have warned that some of the companies are failing to back up their commitments with action. In a report card on the top 20 American snack companies, Rainforest Action Network on Wednesday said half of them have been slow to eliminate palm oil linked to deforestation and other abuses from their supply chain. The comments needled Ferrero, the huge Italian coconut group that makes Nutella. However, the list didn’t include Ferrero.