Deforestation Doughnuts: Our New Report on the Dark Side of the Doughnut Industry

It’s National Doughnut Day, and if you’re lucky (or smart) you’ve grabbed a free treat from one of the many national chains offering free doughnuts today.

While the day may be fun, and free doughnuts are awesome, today is also a good opportunity to shed some light on a not-so-sweet aspect of the otherwise delicious treats.

deforest_cover (2)Today, Forest Heroes and SumOfUs are releasing a report, Deforestation Doughnuts, that shows just how bad the doughnut industry is for the Sumatran tigers, orangutans, and forest peoples.

The report explains how big national doughnut chains have a “no questions asked” policy for palm oil purchasing, and how that’s driving rampant deforestation. It examines the palm oil policies (or lack thereof) of companies like Krispy Kreme, Tim Hortons, and Dunkin’ Donuts, and then exposes the disturbing practices of their palm oil suppliers.

We’re also launching a petition to Krispy Kreme, telling the company that we don’t want to have to choose between their delicious donuts and rainforest destruction. 

Palm oil is the second ingredient listed for many doughnuts, right after flour. And while palm oil is in hundreds of products on North American shelves, consumers rarely come face to face (or hand to mouth) with it like they do when buying doughnuts from stores like Krispy Kreme, Tim Hortons, and Dunkin’ Donuts.

Palm oil is used to fry the doughnuts, so when you wipe your hands after eating a Boston Creme or glazed crueller, that’s palm oil you see on the greasy napkin.

Unfortunately, as you know if you’ve been following the Forest Heroes campaign, about half of all the palm oil produced in the world comes from incredibly destructive practices. Palm oil suppliers like Cargill, IOI Loders Croklann, and Bunge sell palm oil grown by cutting down rainforests, destroying carbon-rich peatlands, and exploiting local communities.

When Krispy Kreme, Tim Hortons, and Dunkin’ Donuts buy from these suppliers, they’re complicit in the destruction.

It’s easy to find better palm oil. Over half the palm oil produced in the world today is covered by strict “No Deforestation, No Peat, and No Exploitation” policies. It would be easy for Krispy Kreme and others in the industry to buy responsible palm oil.

Please sign the petition and share this report.

On June 6, 2014

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