French Ecology Minister Ségolène Royal urged consumers to stop eating Nutella.
I hope you weren't having a good day, because this is terrible news. And of course, France is behind it.
In an interview on Canal+, the French Minister for Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy, Ségolène Royal, urged everyone listening to stop eating Nutella, the beloved Italian hazlenut/chocolate spread. Royal explained:
“We have to replant a lot of trees because there is massive deforestation that also leads to global warming. We should stop eating Nutella, for example, because it's made with palm oil. Oil palms have replaced trees, and therefore caused considerable damage to the environment."
Her comments angered Ferrero, the Italian candy conglomerate that owns Nutella. The company released a statement saying that it is committed to sourcing its palm oil in a responsible way. They claim that as of this past January, all of their products come from certified sustainable plantations.
Nevertheless, the use of palm oil remains controversial. It's found in household products ranging from ice cream to detergent to lipstick. These days, it's also used in many biofuels. The ever-increasing demand is leading to more and more deforestation in critical ecosystems around the world, and contributing to global warming. Despite Ferrero's improvements, Royal believes the company should use "other ingredients." And honestly, the largest chocolate producer in the world could probably afford to.
It might make Nutella a little more expensive, but that wouldn't stop anyone from buying it. That stuff's addictive. You'd punch your mother for a jar and you know it.