Protestors Scale Six-Story Pepsi Landmark to Protest Brand’s Palm Oil Usage

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Protestors draped a 100-foot banner across a Pepsi landmark in Queens, asking the company to stop using palm oil
Pepsi is one of the few major companies whose policies on palm oil remain unclear or unchanged.

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Pepsi is one of the few major companies whose policies on palm oil remain unclear or unchanged.

Protestors are demonstrating their distaste for Pepsi’s continued usage of environmentally hazardous palm oil in its products with a big message.

Activists with the Rainforest Action Network scaled the giant six-story Pepsi sign in Queens, New York, and hung a 100-foot banner calling for an end to the usage of palm oil in Pepsi Co products.

"Pepsi has known for over three years about major environmental and human rights violations in its palm oil supply chain, but the company has fallen short and continues to drag its feet instead of taking the kind of decisive action needed to address this urgent problem," said Robin Averbeck, senior campaigner with Rainforest Action Network.

Companies like McDonald’s, Pizza Hut, and Starbucks have already vowed to eliminate or cut back on palm oil usage, which has been linked to severe deforestation and the perpetuation of dangerous greenhouses gases.  Other companies that have been criticized for their scant palm oil record include Toyo Suisan, a major packaged ramen producer, Campbell’s, and Unilever. 

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