30 Mar '15, 3am

Mobile app reveals what products contain palm oil

An orangutan orphaned after its mother was killed during forest clearing for an oil palm plantation in Sumatra. A new app enables iPhone [download ] and Android [download ] users to scan barcodes to reveal whether household products contain palm oil. The app, officially released Monday, was conceived by Australia-based Palm Oil Investigations (POI) and developed by Spectrum Solutions. POI says the app, which is geared toward Australian consumers, aims to encourage companies to adopt responsible palm oil sourcing polices. "It will make it easier for people to choose which products to purchase at the supermarket with the app telling them immediately whether the product contains palm oil and if so, if it has been sourced ethically," said the group in a statement. "The app has been developed ... to pressure brands to alter their palm oil sourcing, ensuring the oil used in thei...

Full article: http://news.mongabay.com/2015/0330-palm-oil-app.html

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