French Ecology Minister Warns People to Stop Eating Nutella

This woman is playing with fire:

France’s Ecology Minister Segolene Royal wants people to stop eating Nutella because it’s essentially destroying the planet.

Royal said in an interview with French television network Canal+ that people should stop eating the popular chocolate spread because harvesting one of its key ingredients, palm oil, leads to deforestation that is damaging the environment.

Nutella is a huge deal in France — the country consumes 26% of all Nutella produced globally by maker Ferrero.

Royal said in the Canal+ interview: “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.”

Ferrero, which also makes the famous Ferrero Rocher chocolates, gets almost 80% of its palm oil from Malaysia and said in February that “it has made commitments to source palm oil in a responsible way.”

In 2013, it launched the Ferrero Palm Oil Charter as it “has a significant role to play in leading the sustainable transformation of the palm oil sector” and is committed to using palm oil in a responsible way.

In 2011, France tried to push through a 300% tax on palm oil because of its deforestation effect and the fact that products using palm oil contribute to obesity.

However, in 2012, the draft law – dubbed the “Nutella Law” – was quashed after the French senate rejected the amendment by 186 votes to 155.

The move would’ve been a huge deal for Malaysia, which is Nutella’s largest supplier of palm oil and the world’s second largest producer of palm oil behind Indonesia. Half a million people work for the palm oil industry in Malaysia and the sector accounts for 5-6% of Malaysia’s GDP.

And now, a recipe for Nutella pancakes because screw the Man!

  • Jade

    I am not giving up my Nutella They will have to pry it from my cold dead hands.

    • Fight the power!

    • Surele Surele

      oops! should’ve read the comments before posting mine. I was just so angry and that’s the first thing that came to my mind. as they say, great minds….

  • WhiteRabbit3

    I agree. Foie gras is way tastier.

  • Alain

    Not getting off the farm much I had no idea what Nutella was, but this has inspired me to go out and buy some to try it. If it is as good as it sounds I’ll be buying it on a regular basis.

    • DMB

      It tastes good!

  • zee

    The French needn’t worry. The halal version substitutes camel spit.

  • Surele Surele

    …from my cold, dead hands!

  • Norman_In_New_York

    Red Mango even has Nutella low fat frozen yogurt. Love it.

  • Malcolm Y

    Yep this baby goes from 0 to 60 in 4.1 secs – it runs on pure Segolene.

  • ismiselemeas

    I’m on the side of the orangutans here. Hundreds if not thousands die annually as a result of the palm oil industry destroying swathes of forest in the region. Enjoy your Nutella on toast and Dorritos while you read about their extinction in a few years because that’s the only certain outcome.

  • Dana Garcia

    Phew, I thought Nutella was verboten because of the hazelnuts.

    Here in California, there’s a lot of almond shaming because they are thirsty little buggers to grow, 1 gallon per nut. Worth every drop.

  • Raymond Hietapakka

    “Nutella is more sugar and fat than hazelnuts” Sorry folks, it’s just another candy that rots your teeth and f***s up your blood sugar level. Sugar is a poison. Use Xylitol instead.

  • just a thought

    The woman is clearly demented.

  • Canadian

    Segolene is from some far away planet. No one takes her seriously.
    Shouldn`t the frogs destroy all those wine making areas and replant the trees that were cut down to produce grapes?

  • Editor

    The French dodged a bullet in 2006 when they elected Sarkosy instead of her I guess. Although whether her or someone else, the left has always been fond of banning stuff.