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McDonalds and deforestation

You probably already know that McDonald’s is the world’s largest fast food company, serving nearly 70 million people every day in more than 100 countries. However, you might not realize that McDonald’s uses palm oil in a variety of their products, from Baked Apple Pie to Spicy Chicken McBites.

As tropical forests are cleared to make way for plantations for palm oil production, carbon is released into the atmosphere, driving global warming and shrinking habitat for endangered species. Tropical deforestation currently accounts for about 10 percent of the world’s heat-trapping emissions.

In our recent report, Donuts, Deodorants, Deforestation, the Union of Concerned Scientists ranked the palm oil sustainability commitments of 30 global giants. McDonald’s scored a paltry 21 points out of 100.

McDonald’s continues to lag behind industry best practices, but you and I can help change this.

Since the March 2014 release of our report, six of the 30 companies we ranked have adopted deforestation-free palm oil commitments! Now, let’s tell McDonald’s to do the same. There’s absolutely no excuse for McDonald’s to use palm oil that could be driving climate change, tropical deforestation, and forest fires.

Send a message today and tell McDonald’s it’s time to go deforestation-free.

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  1. narhvalur
    August 24, 2014 at 15:13
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