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Twelve (12) Million People go to bed on a hungry stomach every night in our country: http://goo.gl/7nbWPh
We applied back in 2011 for a piece of land, a landfill that has been a dump since the birth of this country and continues to be, to date.
We had applied to use the land for a sustenance / subsistence vegetable food garden to belong and be run by the Orlando West community on sweat participation and cooperative principles, with great potential for communal tourism business, due to the close proximity to a popular tourist attraction site.
We have today (21 January 2014) received communication from the company (JPC) that the very fertile land has been reserved for Public Open Space, in a country with a more than 25% unemployment rate, coupled with abject poverty.
> Hydroponic (Water Planting) vegetable growing systems
> Aquaponics (Fish Tank Planting) vegetable growing systems
> Permaculture vegetable growing systems
> Computerization of All Processes - Introduction to Technology
> Employment Opportunity Creation - within own Neighborhood
> Establishment of a Wellness Restaurant
> Great Communal Tourism Business
> Nutrition Promotion
> Introduction of the DaKota Meals (10 / 12 Vegetable Meals)
The Sumatran orangutan society, have been very successful in campaigning to get palm oil labeled in all products who use it. They have recently won their clear labels, not forests campaign and it is now compulsory for all food products containing palm oil to be labeled in Europe and the UK. However this does not cover all products...cosmetics are not included in this campaign but i believe they should be.
The palm oil industry is responsible for destroying thousands of acres of deforestation in other countries. Currently 300 football fields are destroyed in south east Asia every hour for palm oil. And it's not just the vegetation that is being affected! The animals that rely on the forest (such as orangutans) are affected, many orangutans have no place to go when the forest is destroyed. 20 years ago their were more than 300,000 Bornean orangutans in the wild, now their are less than 45,000 in the wild. Orangutans only give birth once in 6 - 10 years therefore it is hard for them to breed as much as they are dying out due to deforestation.
Please go to http://www.wspa.org.uk/wspaswork/orangutans/ for more information on orangutans.
But worst of all the industry does not even label palm oil! Most palm oil is labeled as vegetable oil, therefore many people are unaware that it is in their shopping products. This is taking away our freedom to know what exactly goes into our cosmetics, it takes away are choice of whether or not to use palm oil! This is wrong, they should label palm oil and deliberately point out if it is palm oil free!