Every time I visit my hometown in Grand Rapids, Michigan, I go out for pizza with my parents. You’d think I’d be jonesing for a local pizza joint, but the truth is I want Pizza Hut. I grew up on their pan crust cheese pizza and it will always have a special place in my heart (and stomach!). So when I heard that Yum! Brands, Inc (Yum!), owner of Pizza Hut, KFC and Taco Bell and America’s second largest fast food chain had come out with a new palm oil commitment, I was pretty happy.
Yum!’s new commitment states that all palm oil used for restaurant cooking oil will be deforestation-free and peat-free palm oil by the end of 2017. Good news, right? Yes, of course! But further examination of their new commitment yields some interesting caveats.