A piece of cacao cut open to reveal its fruit. The seeds, in particular, hidden at the center of the fruit, are a key ingredient in chocolate production. Kirk Siegler/NPR hide caption

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Palm Oil Plantations Are Blamed For Many Evils. But Change Is Coming

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A baby orangutan wearing a diaper swings through the trees at the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Program outside Medan, capital of Indonesia's North Sumatra province. The program takes mostly orphaned orangutans, nurses them back to health and releases them back into the wild. Anthony Kuhn/NPR hide caption

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As Palm Oil Farms Expand, It's A Race To Save Indonesia's Orangutans

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At left, a woman holds the saffron crocus during the saffron harvest in Herat, Afghanistan. At right, saffron flowers are collected in Saint Hippolyte, eastern France. Since the stigmas need to be picked from the flowers by hand, saffron is the world's most expensive spice. Majid Saeedi/Getty Images; Maxppp /Landov hide caption

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Gorillas in Virunga National Park in Democratic Republic of Congo, in 2013. Great apes like the gorilla have become increasingly threatened by the expansion of palm oil production in Africa. Brent Stirton/WWF/Canon/Getty Images hide caption

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Doughnuts at a Krispy Kreme store in Washington, D.C. An environmental coalition says leading doughnut companies like Krispy Kreme source palm oil from suppliers who are clear-cutting rain forests and destroying wildlife habitat. Meredith Rizzo/NPR hide caption

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Doughnut Day Downer: Palm Oil In Pastries Drives Deforestation

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Kellogg, maker of Pop-Tarts, announced Feb. 14 that it will buy palm oil — an ingredient in Pop-Tarts — only from companies that don't destroy rain forests where palm trees are grown. Andrew Burton/Getty Images hide caption

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Much of the palm oil imported into the U.S. ends up in snack foods such as cookies, crackers and microwave popcorn. Heather Rousseau/NPR hide caption

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Palm Oil In The Food Supply: What You Should Know

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Dunkin' Donuts plans to go green by committing to purchasing all of its palm oil from sustainable sources. Andrew Huff/via Flickr hide caption

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Can Dunkin' Donuts Really Turn Its Palm Oil Green?

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