Halloween Traditions and Palm Oil
Today is Halloween and my home is filled with candy for the many little trick-or-treaters in my neighborhood. Before I get to the
meat uh, I mean candy of this post, we might need to brush up on some Little-known facts about how Halloween came to be . Go ahead and click on this link by CRUX magazine. After reading this well-written article, I can surmise that
Halloween has completely transformed.
Today, Halloween has become a multi-million-dollar industry. North Americans spend a fortune on costumes for the entire family (including pets), decorations (i.e. homes, stores, amusement parks), Halloween televisions shows, horror movies, and candy sales…let’s talk candy!
According to the National Retail Federation, Americans are projected to spend approximately 9.1 billion dollars on Halloween candy this year. Unfortunately, many Americans are unaware that the candy they are passing out contains a very destructive ingredient. If you haven’t already heard,
Palm oil is the greatest threat to our planet’s Rainforests and all of it’s inhabitants.
There are literally more than a dozen names for Palm oil (i.e. Palmate, sodium lauryl sulphate, palm kernel oil, etc.) in ingredients lists for many products. I get it, it’s a lot to ingest (pun intended). I’m not suggesting that American families give up Halloween candy all-together. However, I do recommend reading Say No to Palm Oil, a great resource that provides a wealth of information.
Even though it IS Halloween, I’m not trying to scare you. I swear!
There are plenty of candies to choose from and fortunately, Columbus Zoo has been kind enough to create a list of acceptable candies in their TREAT STATION CANDY LIST. To make life even easier, consider using a user-friendly app for your phone. I recently started using the following app for my iPhone and thus far, I really like it. It’s easy to use, free, and takes the guesswork out of my shopping.
Regardless of your source of information… our planet (and all of it’s inhabitants) depend on our responsible choices.