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Would You Give up Nutella to Save Our Planet’s Forests?

The race to produce palm oil, a key ingredient in the popular spread, is leading to massive deforestation around the world.

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The French ecology minister pissed off Nutella-lovers and Nutella-makers this week when she suggested that people stop eating the chocolate-hazelnut spread, saying that it’s destroying our forests. The company that makes Nutella, Ferrero, uses palm oil, and sources 80 percent of it from Malaysia. But ecology minister Ségolène Royal says they should use a different ingredient.

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