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Megavina's Insiders have met fantastic people during this event organized by Zoos Victoria.

Great venue, amazing people, very interesting

- by - this event was the 4th of October 2016

What a great venue! We worried a bit because it was raining so the event has been moved to the Deakin Edge.

So many people wearing orange color, a warm atmosphere, happy people, this event was fantastic!

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Our first question is: Did you find one of the 1,000 orangutans (plush) hidden in Federation Square?

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Our second question is: Why to organize such an event?

We learned during this event many things, firstly that food manufacturers were still allowed to include palm oil as a vegetable oil on their labels such as Orea, Arnotts shapes, Nutella, Kellogg's Nutri-Grain, Woolworths Homebrand Apricot and museli...

Why is palm oil bad for orangutans?

Certain types of palm trees produce large red fruit which are rich with oil. After refining, this oil, known as palm oil, can be used to produce all sorts of products, including oils used in foods like chocolates and cookies, cosmetics like makeup, and even biodiesel, a fuel that can be used in cars instead of diesel (gasoline).

About 88% global palm oil production was in Malaysia and Indonesia in 2007. Although much of this production took place on land long ago established for agriculture, some of it occurred in areas that were newly cleared specifically for oil palm cultivation.

The most threatened ecosystems by expansion of oil palm plantations are rainforests and peatlands. Peatlands are swampy areas where the soils are made of peat — decomposed vegetation. Peat acts as a sponge, soaking up water and helping prevent floods. It also stores large amounts of carbon.

When peatlands are drained, the stored carbon reacts with air to release carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, increasing concentrations of the greenhouse gas. The dry peat then becomes highly flammable, increasing the risk of large-scale fires when plantation developers use fire to clear land and burn agricultural waste.

Greenhouse gas emissions also result when rainforest is cleared for oil palm plantations. Worse, oil palm plantations support very low levels of biodiversity, meaning most of the plants and animals once found in the rainforest must either move or perish. Oil palm plantations are not good for wildlife and endangered species like the orangutan, the Sumatran rhino, the pygmy elephant of Borneo, and the Sumatran tiger are all threatened by development for oil palm.

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What can we do?

The first thing we can do is be aware of palm oil and its impact on the environment. Look at the labels of household products and packaged foods to see if they contain palm oil (however palm oil is often not labeled as an ingredient).

So you don't realize you may be contributing to the deaths of over 1,000 orangutans a year as their habitat, and that of Sumatran Elephants and Tigers is destroyed through unsustainable palm oil production.

We invite you to support palm oil labelling on all products! Please fill up this form on Zoos Victoria page >>>

This event is available at Federation Square - Corner of Swanston and Flinders Streets, Melbourne, Australia 3000 from 6pm to 8pm, the 4th of October 2016.

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