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Fri, 19 Jun, 2015

France asks people to stop eating Nutella because of deforestation

France asks people to stop eating Nutella because of deforestation

A French minister has caused an international stir this week by condemning one of the world’s favourite spreads: Nutella.

France’s ecological minister, Ségolène Royal, has called on fans to give-up the hazelnut spread as it contributes to deforestation.

“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,” Royal told French television network Canal+.

She further argued oil palm plantations were supplanting forests, leading to deforestation and causing “considerable damage to the environment”, and suggested Italian chocolate giant Ferrero Group, which makes Nutella, find a substitute for palm oil.

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