Rhett Butler

Mongabay

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Founder and editor of Mongabay, an environmental science and conservation news site 

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Packaged foods and cosmetics -- from corn chips and chocolate candy to lipstick and eye-liner -- all contain palm oil. It's almost impossible to avoid.

The Dark Side of Going Heart Healthy

Packaged foods and cosmetics -- from corn chips and chocolate candy to lipstick and eye-liner -- all contain palm oil. It's almost impossible to avoid.

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