Just say no — really loudly — to palm oil 

No triumph in this palm story

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You can maybe say maybe, only if you know it's being sustainably produced. The roundtable has developed a certification program, so if you go to their website, you'll see which brands you'll feel okay about buying, at least for their palm oil efforts. The Body Shop, Wal-Mart, Nestle, and L'Occitane are just a few that have committed to sustainably produced palm oil.

Luckily in Canada manufacturers must declare palm oil on their labels so we can discern that much, while jurisdictions like Australia are still fighting for the same. On the other hand, we aren't nearly as cool as the folks in England, where the Guardian had the moxy to rate chocolate Easter eggs this year according to the palm oil they used. Lindt was near the bottom.

After you've done all that hard work, check out Green the Film for free on-line. I bet you a bag of deep-fried kachori you'll never think about palm oil the same way again.

Glenda Bartosh is an award-winning journalist who's always liked palm fronds.

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