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Delivering our “message in a bottle”: A quarter million people call for PepsiCo to cut Conflict Palm Oil

The phrase “the elephant in the room” is, by definition, “an English metaphorical idiom for an obvious truth that is going unaddressed; an obvious problem or risk no one wants to discuss.”


Three years into our Snack Food 20 campaign, it’s a pretty well known fact that PepsiCo is using Conflict Palm Oil throughout its global supply chain. It’s also a known fact that Conflict Palm Oil is a driver of modern day slavery, unfair wages, child labor, species extinction, deforestation, climate change, unsafe work environments, and a host of other ills, including the deadly annual haze crisis in Indonesia.


This is the “obvious truth” that remains unaddressed by PepsiCo. And you, the hundreds of thousands of people who have signed our petitions and supported the campaign, already know this. You’ve stood with the 3.5 million palm oil workers and have tried to get PepsiCo to adequately discuss it.


PepsiCo’s continued unwillingness to fully address its Conflict Palm Oil problem is unacceptable.


So we enlisted the help of our activist-artists friends from DC and NYC to help us make the elephant in the room painfully obvious to PepsiCo, and we delivered it to PepsiCo’s doorstep.


Today, an international coalition including Rainforest Action Network (RAN), SumOfUs, Wildlife Asia, and Oceanic Preservation Society (OPS)––the award-winning film team behind Racing Extinction and The Cove––together with local volunteers and supporters, delivered a quarter million signatures to PepsiCo’s Purchase, NY headquarters in a 10 foot Pepsi bottle.

Pepsi accepting the #ConflictPalmOil bottle
PepsiCo accepted the elephant in the room, and the company knows we’re willing to discuss it with them. Now the question remains, will PepsiCo finally do something about it?

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  • Louise Boucher
    commented 2016-10-19 20:46:37 -0700
    Good for you for standing up to such a big co.! I don’t buy Pepsi or try very very hard to not purchase anything with palm oil in it! Keep it up!
  • sonya Lippold
    commented 2016-10-18 08:07:50 -0700
    I am so thankful to all those involved , in delivering the message to the palm oil companies and companies using palm oil in their
    products, of the devastating impact that removing forests to grow Palm plants has on the world`s environment that we all depend on.
  • Zarin J
    commented 2016-10-17 19:25:34 -0700
    Being aware, being conscious of our everyday choices will have an impact. Kudos and salutes to those who are working so hard to awaken and enlighten those who are sleeping in their cocoons.. Thank-you. May our tribe grow.
  • Christina Pafitis
    commented 2016-10-17 15:19:27 -0700
    I watch what i buy all the time no palm oil and no animal products everyone should to the same
  • Bradley Fischl
    commented 2016-10-17 14:41:13 -0700
    While addressing the global concerns about Palm Oil/Palm Kernel Oil (here is fairly comprehensive list of over 200 different names that they hide it under – are important, the product itself is an even bigger gorillla (or elephant) in the middle of the living room.

    Palm Oil is in nearly every processed food on store shelves. And it is the most dangerous fat you can eat! Palm Oil is 84% saturated fat. The stuff that clogs up your arteries and causes heart attacks and strokes, the stuff that is helping cause the current obesity epidemic around the world. In America alone 2/3 of the population (over 200 million of us) are either overweight or obese. And 86 million Americans are PreDiabetic! This is on top of the 29 million we already know have Diabetes.

    In 2005 I was an obese 30+ year smoker who got hit with Type II Diabetes (and I do mean HIT) caused by allowing myself to become overweight and sedentary. But once I learned the secrets of how to gain control of these things, lose over 100 lbs., quit the cigarettes, and starting at age 50 build up a pretty good set of muscles. I also decided to become a Personal Trainer and Health Coach (got ACE Certified for both in 2015) and my Health Coach training taught me even more about good fats versus bad fats, and in this instance the worst fat of all Palm Oil.

    The reason corporations use Palm Oil is because it is cheap. It is cheap because corporations are abusing the environment, resources (people), and indigenous life forms, to tear down rainforests to grow the Palm trees in pursuit of almost pure profit. Simply look at any food label and you will find Palm Oil, Palm Kernel Oil, many of the names on the list of fake names, and even 2-3-4 of them listed. For instance you may see Palm Oil and 2-3 of the fake names on the same label. Just look at the saturated fat content and it will give you a clue (be sure to note the servings per container as that can be tricky if you don’t take it into account).

    So now you can get really mad because not only is Pepsi (and every company who uses Palm Oil or any of the 200+ fake names it is called to hide it) abusing our planet and the people and animals to get the damned stuff, that also know that it is killing us slowly by making the entire world overweight and obese. Of course we can control what we eat once we educate ourselves, but it is better to stop these evil corporations and end the reversal of lifespans currently happening. 90,000 people die in their sleep every single night… Most from CAD (coronary artery disease) that can be prevented. Palm oil consumption is the first step down that path to early death.

    So raise your voices, raise your fists, and tell these bastards, ENOUGH! Stop killing the planet, the environment, innocent workers, animals, and worst of all us consumers by using Palm Oil in the first place. For the first time since we know, lifespans are getting shorter. Mostly due to the global obesity epidemic –

    Bradley Fischl ACE Certified Personal Trainer, ACE Certified Health Coach, Author – “Pushing Double Nickels – 50 Things I’ve Learned in 50 Years” (XLibris Press August 2014, Amazon, Kindle, B&N, etc.)
  • Shirley Lukawitski
    commented 2016-10-17 12:32:37 -0700
    This should not be ignored by those of us using products of a solely profit seeking corporation such as Pepsi
  • Eusebio vestias
    commented 2016-10-17 12:09:05 -0700
    Good job
  • June Gollatz
    commented 2016-10-17 10:44:57 -0700
    I seldom drink soda, if I do, I choose small manufacturers that are in tune with saving our planet…..I fear these mega monsters…. their only goal is money for their pockets. Thank you, we need our plants and animals desperately!
  • Louise Boucher
    commented 2016-10-17 10:22:01 -0700
    Thank you for being so determined & dedicated to such a worthy cause! I make every effort to not purchase items with palm oil!!!
  • Lone Bru Kjær
    commented 2016-10-12 06:04:26 -0700
    You are amazing!! Together we can stop this!
  • Elizabeth Haas
    commented 2016-10-11 13:48:51 -0700
    Thank you!
  • Laura Magzis
    commented 2016-10-07 03:38:45 -0700
    Heartfelt thanks to those who demonstrate against these destructive practices!
  • ellie carin
    commented 2016-10-06 23:37:48 -0700
    it is the coming together of people who stand up for their rights, for the Earth’s right, that can bring about change and hope for this precious planet.
  • Darren Steele
    commented 2016-10-06 13:53:36 -0700
    Boycott PEPSI and show them who has the real power. Companies like this think people don’t care, they take, take and take. People power can change everything and it’s time to make that’s change. So people let’s show these greed company we can bring them to the table. Stop the destruction you “FAT” money grabbing a-holes. Power to the people of the third world.
  • Deborah Simpkins
    commented 2016-10-06 11:12:49 -0700
  • Tansy Forster
    commented 2016-10-06 11:05:30 -0700
    Thank you for taking my signature with you – just sorry I couldn’t be there myself! But please keep up the pressure…
  • Leslie Henry
    commented 2016-10-01 06:34:16 -0700
    Boycott Pepsico products period. Your wallet is the most powerful voice.
  • Laura Magzis
    commented 2016-10-01 02:03:18 -0700
    Very impressive!
  • Suzanne Lang
    commented 2016-10-01 01:23:29 -0700
    Keep Going Activists! You are doing amazing work. Thank you for being my voice. Pepsi Co will eventually have to change their ways.
  • Sofi Nordstrom
    commented 2016-10-01 01:14:16 -0700
    Thank you for speaking up! And for being the voice of us who couldn’t be there but desperately want change. Well done!!!
  • Rhonda Naticchioni
    commented 2016-10-01 00:34:07 -0700
    just since reading this article has this brought to light what PEPSICO can do to you….. I am hoping that with all of us making a commotion about our elephants and what they do to them….. This will make a change…… WAKE UP PEOPLE BEFORE IT IS TO LATE AND YOU SAY GEE I WISH I HAD LISTENED TO THEM …. THEN ….. IT WILL BE TO LATE THEN……. YOU HAVE A CHANCE TO CHANGE THINGS NOW…….PLEASE LISTEN TO US NOW ……… Rhonda Naticchioni
  • Debra Mahony
    commented 2016-09-30 17:55:50 -0700
    PepsiCo clearly doesn’t even care about the future of their own families and their future, more than they care about $$$$$$$$.
  • Lynn Roebuck
    commented 2016-09-30 17:30:29 -0700
    A huge thanks to all the amazing activists! Say NO to palm oil! EXTINCTION is FOREVER!
  • Phyllis Gropp
    commented 2016-09-30 16:57:32 -0700
    Keep pursuing your noble causes.
  • Cindy Miller
    commented 2016-09-30 15:27:33 -0700
    Thank -you all, & great job!
  • Lisa Ann Kelly & Family
    commented 2016-09-30 14:05:21 -0700
    My heart is so full of admiration and love for the protestors that got the word out this creatively. Terrific work. Thank you, thank you.
  • Michele Frey
    commented 2016-09-30 14:00:42 -0700
    Thank you for raising the awareness. Great job.
  • Giuliana Bernales
    commented 2016-09-30 13:50:16 -0700
    Sooooo glad people fight for the future of our existance!!!! Great job
  • Alexandra
    commented 2016-09-30 12:45:59 -0700
    Not a moment too soon. Something has to done now!!! Thank you. Hope they see the light. They must have kids they want to leave the world to…
  • Alexandra
    commented 2016-09-30 12:45:59 -0700
    Not a moment too soon. Something has to done now!!! Thank you. Hope they see the light. They must have kids they want to leave the world to…