Burger King Will Stop Buying Palm Oil from Indonesian Company
September 7, 2010
Environmentalists praised Burger King''s decision to stop buying palm oil from an Indonesian company accused of destroying rain forests. The Associated Press reports, the U.S. company said that it was canceling its contract with PT Sinar Mas Agro Resources and Technology over concerns it had not adopted sustainable farming practices. Burger King cited an independent audit that found the company''s plantations had violated several regulations, including planting in some peat land swamps and secondary forests. Burger King did not say what alternate source of palm oil they would use. Sinar Mas said it was disappointed with Burger King''s decision, but would work hard to convince the hamburger chain that it was committed to sustainable practices. Indonesia is the world''s largest producer of palm oil, a cheap commodity used for cooking oil, margarine, cosmetics and bio fuel. Unilever, Nestle and Kraft Foods also have recently broken ties with Sinar Mas.