Pizza Hut, KFC, and Taco Bell’s New Relationship with Palm Oil: It’s Complicated

April 4, 2015 12:29 AM

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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.

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