Veterinary vision

WATERFALLS October 13, 2007 Leave a comment Veterinary Vision WATERFALLS The lens is transparent in normal conditions, when this transparency is lost and opacities say there appear cataracts. Cataracts do not allow normal passage of light to the retina and can not be “translate” the images in the brain as impulses that reach him were incorrect. If we look at our pet front will see the center of the iris, where the pupil is located (in black under normal conditions) white (larger or smaller depending on the intensity of light or the severity of the process) . Do not confuse the sclerotic cataract lens, normal in older dogs without clinical significance. Cataracts logically leads to blindness or reduced vision in the affected eye (depending on the state in which you are). Many animals are blind without the owner being aware of it, this happens because the animals are handled very well in familiar environments and with the help of smell, touch and hearing, as these animals out of their environment show great confusion and struck with the objects around them. Other consequences occur: – Facolítica Uveitis occurs in very mature cataract (Hypermature) due to its large size causes “out” of material from the lens into the eye, this material is very inflammatory and results in intraocular inflammation, is a dangerous process. – Glaucoma is an increase in intraocular pressure and may be due to facolítica or to secondary processes such as dislocations lens (the lens is clear from its usual location) uveitis, this process is very dangerous, sometimes causing increased eyeball and loss. There are many reasons why a cataract may appear: hereditary, metabolic, inlflamatorias, traumatic, perforated ulcers, toxic, etc .

. . Symptoms and characteristics: – Loss of vision – Change color of the pupil (white) – Dilated pupil – Sometimes red eye secondary to inflammation associated – Uveitis, glaucoma or hypertensive uveitis (in some cases) – Loss of natural lens position (dislocation) in some cases Forecast: Generally good if no associated ocular or systemic diseases. If retinal problems can be eliminated to avoid secondary cataract vision problems but will be very relaxed or destroyed due to the main problem in the retina. Usually a problem of geriatric animals so surgery must be well planned to avoid problems in anesthesia and surgery (heart, kidney, eye and existing)

Postsurgical complications depend on the general condition of the animal, as well as the character of our pet (very nervous dogs are more prone to problems) Treatment: Treatment is always surgical, eliminating the clouding of the lens. Medical treatment is applied before and after surgery, in most cases for life. Not all cataracts are operable not all dogs are candidates for this surgery, to do an independent study of each case to tailor treatment R. R. UDIZ INTERESTING LINKS ON FALLS http://www. infomascota. com/articulos/veterinaria/perros/2003/12/3/vet_cataratas/ http://www.

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corneal ulcers October 12, 2007 Veterinary Vision 2 reviews Corneal Ulcers Ulcers are “wounds” of the cornea. There are several types of ulcers and may be caused by many entities. symptoms: – Eye pain (blepharospasm, the affected eye closed or habre with difficulty), pain is greater in shallow ulcers, however deep ulcers are less painful (but more dangerous ! ! ) – Red eye – Blue Cornea (corneal edema) – Corneal damage can sometimes be seen with the naked eye, but for diagnosis requires the use of vital dyes such as fluorescein. – General discomfort

– self-trauma Types of ulcers: – Superficial: Affecting the surface area of ​​the cornea and are extremely painful. They can be very extensive but the prognosis is usually good. Scarring is usually rapid under normal conditions in about 4 days there reepithelialization area. Certain animals have problems in healing such as the Boxer, these animals suffer known as indolent ulcers, that are slow to heal and even surgical assistance needed for this. There are more races with this type of ulcer. Do not confuse indolent ulcers with ulcers that do not heal, there is always to look for the root cause such as eyelashes or hairs that enter the eye (trichiasis) ectopic eyelashes (distriquiasis), ectopic cilia, entropion or ectropion, etc . . . – Deep: The next step of surface corneal ulceration is deepening. In these cases the prognosis is serious because of the possibility of perforation of the eyeball. All of them require surgical treatment and correction of the underlying cause.

This type of ulcer is less painful than superficial ulceration but is much more serious. Causes: – Injuries: either self-produced or by external agents (bumps, scratches, chemicals, foreign bodies, etc . . . ) – Eyelid Problems (entropion, ectropion, trichiasis, distriquiasis, ectopic cilia, tumors, etc . . . ) – Infeciones viral, bacterial or fungal – Secondary to other diseases such as corneal problems underlying deficiency tear, proptosis bulbi, buphthalmia (increased eyeball), etc . .

. Treatment: – Medical: instillation of eye drops to relieve pain, prevent secondary infections and promote corneal scarring. you should always try the main problem, for example, if we tear deficit establish medical treatment, and resort to surgery if necessary, such as in the presence of entropion, etc . . . – Surgical: superficial ulcers complicated, very large or beginning to deepen must undergo surgery. Deep ulcers are always operating room. Surgical possibilities are varied and depend on each animal (nictitans flaps, conjunctival flaps . . . ) Forecast:

It depends on the type of ulcer and its etiology. Superficial ulcers often have a favorable prognosis while deep gravity are always reserved prognosis. Corneal ulcerations IMAGES: superficial ulcers (secondary to trauma 1st and 2nd ectopic cilium) Ulcer bacterial (Pseudomonas) and viral ulcer (herpesvirus) deep corneal ulcers (descematoceles) R. R. Udiz Categories: Corneal Ulcers GLAUCOMA October 11, 2007 Leave a comment Veterinary Vision GLAUCOMA

To increased intraocular pressure above normal physiological values ​​without clinical signs known as ocular hypertension and when it is accompanied by clinical signs such as vision loss or intraocular damage is known as glaucoma. Hypertension can be pre-glaucoma step but not necessarily develop, certain animals suffering from elevated intraocular pressure and can develop long-term injuries (eg chihuahuas, yorshire . . . ). The normal intraocular pressure (IOP) in small animals is 15 to 25 mm Hg, when these values ​​are exceeded the optic nerve and / or retina is affected resulting in noticeable changes, which are detailed below. IOP greater than 30 mm Hg with clinical signs is sufficient for a presumptive diagnosis of glaucoma. Early treatment of glaucoma is essential for visual, glaucoma guarantee more than 24 hours cause irreversible effects (although there are variations according to animals affected). Often the vision is lost before the owner becomes aware of the problem, but still quick action can save the affected eye and preserve vision in the other eye. The causes of glaucoma are varied, and depends on the species: – Glaucoma in dogs can apararecer acute and usually racial. El character early treatment is vital for a good prognosis. Generally glaucoma in dogs is a bilateral entity so should study the eye that is not apparently affected.

– Feline glaucoma has a worse prognosis may be unilateral or bilateral and is usually associated with systemic infections (toxoplasma, coronavirus, immunodeficiency or leukemia). slowly progresses to become chronic, so it has sometimes happens inadevertido by the owner until the buphthalmia (enlargement of the eyeball) appears. The IOP control is more complicated than in dogs and usually ends in enucleation. – Equine Glaucoma: much less frequent than in the previous two species and is usually 4 types: primary glaucoma, congenital glaucoma secondary to anterior uveitis and secondary to neoplasia. Control of IOP in this species is particularly complicated. Predisposition: – Racial predisposition: Dogs (Huskie, Terriers, Retrievers, Cocker Spaniels, Schnauzer, Basset, Beagles, Chow Chow, Samoyed, Great Dane . . . ) Cats (Siamese and Persian) Horses (Appaloosas) – Dislocation of lens – Uveitis – Tumors

– Eye Injuries Symptoms and characteristics: The symptomatology depends on the stage of glaucoma (acute, subacute or chronic), so the owner can see is: Acute: – Eye pain (blepharospasm, eye or eyes closed) – Blue Cornea (eye color change by corneal edema) – Fixed and dilated pupil (mydriasis) – Eye very red (red sclera) – Visual Impairment – Anorexia and depression Subacute: – Eye pain (blefarsospasmo) – Blue Cornea – Blindness or visual impairment

– Deformed, fixed and dilated pupils – Very red eye – Anorexia and depression Chronic: – Variable Eye pain – Vascularization, pigment and corneal edema – Lenticular opacification – Red or very red eye – Blindness or visual impairment – Dilated pupils fixed and abnormal – Anorexia, depression, shyness or aggression – Increase the eyeball and Descemet appearance of fine lines (by species) There may be increased pressure without symptoms, this process is known as ocular hypertension and is not the same as glaucoma, hypertension can develop into glaucoma so that preventive treatment is recommended if necessary or eliminate the trigger for the same cause ( intense stress for example)

Forecast: Reserved depend on the primary cause of glaucoma, the stage in which it is located and animal species affected. The visual prognosis depends on early treatment. Treatment: The use of topical antihypertensives, oral and / or parenteral can control certain types of glaucoma, treatment is usually for life, even in a blind eye. You can resort to surgery if necessary, always associated with medical treatment. If uncontrolled glaucoma is recommended practice evisceration and intraocular prosthesis or enucleation place in certain cases. The use of protecting retina has had great results in long-term visual eyes, delaying the onset of blindness and even preventing their appearance. Acute glaucoma is an ophthalmologic emergency and requires early attention to obtain acceptable results. Early diagnosis is crucial for the maintenance of vision. In case of suspected glaucoma consult your veterinarian. R. R.

UDIZ IMAGES OF GLAUCOMA: Buphthalmia in a puppy with glaucoma in the right eye corneal edema in the right eye in an adult but with glaucoma Buphthalmia right eye in a cat post traumatic glaucoma INTERESTING LINKS ON GLAUCOMA CANINE: http://www. revistacanina. com/notas_revista/20/Glaucoma_Canino. html http://www. petsalud. cl/articulos/Glaucoma_canino.

htm Categories: GLAUCOMA FELINE HERPESVIRUS October 10, 2007 Leave a comment Veterinary Vision FELINE HERPESVIRUS / RHINOTRACHEITIS FELINA / FHV-1 The causative agent: feline herpesvirus type 1 (HVF1) is primarily responsible for respiratory and ocular manifestations large number of feline diseases. Predisposition: – Kittens or cats provenance street – Animals vaccinated with access to fresh air and contact with unknown cats – Parents of virus carriers (transmission to offspring) – Young animals with eye problems discussed and improve but reappear in adulthood (carriers) – New cat at home (carrying the virus) that infects the old cat Symptoms and characteristics:

– Sneezing – Respiratory problems – Fever – Anorexy – discomfort – Purulent crusting – Neonatal ophthalmia in young kittens (puppies do not open their eyes and are full of gummy) – Symblepharon (abnormal connections conjunctival other ocualares attached) – Synechiae (unions iris to other ocular structures) – Acute or chronic keratitis (Cornales ulcers, eosinophilic keratitis . . . )

– Corneal Kidnapping (black plate on the cornea) – Chronic tearing (red tears) Forecast: Generally good, but usually animals that remain carriers for life and may have relapses (not always with ocular symptoms) Treatment: Symptomatic with antibiotics, anti-inflammatory and antiviral. Using products that inhibit viral replication has been very successful in the long term to control the symptoms, both ocular and respiratory. It is important to understand that the disease remains latent for life and that under certain circumstances (eg stress) can be reactivated reappearing ocular symptoms and / or breathing. IMAGES OF EYE DISEASES CAUSED BY FELINE HERPESVIRUS: respiratory and eye symptoms in a kitten neonatal ophthalmia corneal kidnapping Geographical corneal ulcer

Categories: FELINE HERPESVIRUS PROLAPSE nictitating membrane gland October 8, 2007 Veterinary Vision Leave a comment PROLAPSE gland nictitating membrane Also known as cherry eye is a disease characterized by the appearance of a pink and rounded mass behind the nictitans in the medial edge of the eye, is a condition that is not painful, but something annoying about especially at the beginning, and self-trauma may occur. Predisposition: – Brachiocephalic breeds (flat faces) and English Bulldog, Pug, French Bulldog, Shitzu, Lapsa apso, shar pei, Pekinese, etc. – Generally puppies, elderly or immunocompromised animals. – May appear in cats, but is rarer than in dogs. – Animals with cartilage in the very long nictitans, everted, or important invested glandular hyperplasia immunosuppression. Symptoms and characteristics: – It usually appears first unilaterally and, in some cases, bilateral soon. – You can not give cause discomfort or apparent symptoms.

– The gland is responsible for 40% (some authors even suggest that 60%) of the total production of tears, while the prolapsed gland is practically non-functional, – It may be associated with corneal injury (depending on the elapsed time, teardrop level, self-harm, etc. ) – Yellow / greenish gummy sticky aspect may appear secondary infections deficit tear. Forecast: – They tend to respond well to surgical treatment, having a recurrence rate of about 20%. – There may be pathologies associated with cartilage nictitans predisposing to prolapse of the gland, in these cases surgical correction of this condition is necessary to prevent recurrence. – Never to be removed (only if associated tumors) and have always replenish in place under general anesthesia. – If the gland is removed keratoconjunctivitis sicca predisposes to suffer in adulthood (especially in predisposed breeds) Surgery: The gland is positioned back in place and is supported by suturing to prevent further prolapse. IMAGES: The first image corresponds to an eye with prolapse of the gland

nictitating membrane and the second the same eye after undergoing surgery to replace the gland in its normal anatomical location interesting links about prolapse of the gland of the nictitating membrane: www. veterinariaelparque. com. ar/. . . /Oftalmologia/6-Patologia%20de%20la%20membrana%20nictitante. doc http://www. petsalud.

cl/clinicas/casos_clinicos/Ojo_de_Cereza. htm Categories: PROLAPSE nictitating membrane GLAND Welcome to the website of Veterinary Ophthalmology October 7, 2007 Veterinary Vision Leave a comment Welcome to the Blog of Veterinary Ophthalmology Mrs. Raquel R. Udiz, resident in the Canary Islands, Tenerife. This space emerges in order to bring a little more this specialty to those owners who want to know more about eye disease that affects your / s pet / companion is. Gradually we will be adding clinical cases, photographs and detailing the main surgical techniques as well as resolving all those questions that emerge over time. For questions or suggestions write to e-mail: oftalmologiaveterinaria@hotmail. com

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Treatment of oral mucositis

The first sign of oral mucositis are burning, pain, swelling, redness, rashes, and bleeding gums. The causes are varied. Trigger of oral mucositis can be a weakened general condition or an immune deficiency, poor oral hygiene and badly fitting dentures, allergies, fungal diseases, local infections with bacteria and viruses, medications or vitamin deficiencies. Preventive oral mucositis by a thorough and regular oral hygiene, regular visits to the dentist and a diet rich in vitamins can be avoided. For the treatment of the symptoms, there are at the pharmacy counter gargle and rinse solutions and disinfectant gels with schmerzlinderndem lidocaine to reduce the swelling and redness. But herbal medicines with essential oils of camphor, sage, eucalyptus, chamomile, peppermint and thyme in the form of mouthwashes, sprays or lozenges have a cooling, decongestant and analgesic effect. Blade complaints within days not from, it is advisable to consult a dentist or doctor to find the cause of the complaints. Taste buds buds in the oral cavity (© xtaska / Fotolia) Oral mucositis caused by fungal infections For oral mucositis caused by fungi, the above means are not sufficient. Fungal infections caused by Candida, also known as thrush, often occurs in children and can be effectively treated only by rinsing with an antifungal acting drug (Nystatin). Also herpesviruses can infect the oral mucosa. pain and burn the small blisters on the oral mucosa.

At the pharmacy, there are special ointments and gels against cold sores on the oral mucosa, which kill the viruses and disinfecting effect. Canker sores are very painful small pustules on the oral mucosa. Very good help rinses with sage and lidocaine gels from the pharmacy. An independent disease is the mouth rot, when it comes to painful mouth sores. The originator of the extremely painful blisters in the mouth is the herpes virus. In this disease is treated symptomatically with pain relieving gels and rinses. While the disease help cold drinks and ice. After about a week, the blisters dry up and heal. The trench mouth is highly contagious, so appropriate hygienic measures during the disease are very important. Are detected as the cause for the stomatitis bacteria, the doctor will treat the inflammation with antibiotics. Important in the mucositis is not only the treatment of painful symptoms, but also strengthening the immune system with Echinacea, vitamin C and E and the minerals zinc and selenium. Statistics: mucous treatment makes 22% of conservative dental treatment in Germany Dentists – Most dental procedures (Source: Statista / KZBV)

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Kisses have ended in the emergency room

The actor Karl Farkas once said: “A kiss is the replacement of bacterial cultures, but not for research purposes. ” He is probably right. And it can not only bacteria are transmitted by kissing. An American woman who tried a spoonful of their freshly cooked pea soup and then her son planted a kiss on the cheek, had to find frightened that formed immediately on the child’s skin a large wheal, in minutes followed by redness, hives and breathing problems. Rendezvous leads hospitalized At the hospital, it was found that the kiss had been enough to trigger an allergic reaction. This is not an isolated case. More and more reports of allergic doctors whose rendezvous ends for a kiss in the emergency room.  An allergy is an overreaction of the body to a foreign substance that is unjustifiably classified and combated by the immune system as a threat. In most cases, are allergens, ie substances that can trigger an allergy, inhaled, eaten or absorbed through the skin.  Allergens are antigens  , Often proteins that sit on the surface of the foreign substance.  As

 Response, the immune system produces antibodies  , Which bind to existing connective tissue mast cells. During the first contact with the foreign matter, there is no allergic reaction, one talks of sensitization. When re-entry of allergens into the body they dock onto the formed last time antibodies that now bring the mast cells to distribute histamines. These cause the typical symptoms of an allergic reaction that express themselves to the mucous membranes, respiratory tract, the skin and the digestive tract (vomiting, diarrhea). Responds the body to self-produced materials in this way, it is called an autoimmune disease. Often an allergy is also equated with an intolerance such as lactose intolerance. The difference, however, lies in the body’s response to the proteins: Only with allergies, the immune system is involved. Experts are not sure where allergies originate.  One theory suggests that allergies are evolutionary relic and protected the body of our ancestors against parasitic worms. In Germany, one of four or five residents suffering from an allergic disorder. Some experts even speak of a third of the population. Against almost anything can be allergic.

The German Allergy and Asthma Association speaks of about 20,000 triggers of allergies. 86 percent of allergy sufferers suffer from a pollen allergy, 41 percent are allergic to dog or cat, 38 percent to house dust and 14 percent to molds. With six percent of food allergies occupy only a lower place in the ranking. But precisely it can become a problem with intimacy. “If you have a food allergy, it is not too unusual to have an allergic reaction to a kiss. This is then the fact that the partner ate or has taken, while you are allergic,” said allergist Sami Bahna, president of the American College of Allergy, asthma and Immunology (ACAAI). “Some patients have but even after the partner has brushed his teeth or several hours after eating an allergic reaction. ” Allergens remain in saliva This is because so Bahna that in the saliva of the partner can still be found allergens even hours after the meal, when the food is digested for a long time. “The allergy is because components of the food the saliva and are still in the mouth, on the lips of the person who has just eaten,” confirms Suzanne Teuber of the UC Davies School of Medicine in California. They led in 2002 along with colleagues conducted a study in which each 20th Family testified, ever had an allergic reaction to a kiss to have had. As originally was not been asked and the patient told these things by itself, the researchers expect a higher number of unreported cases.

Other scientists have found that with a kiss about eight milligrams of the allergen can be passed. For many allergy sufferers already reaches one milligram of a substance to cause an allergic reaction. To prevent this, doctors recommend the partners of allergy sufferers, to thoroughly brush your teeth before intimacies, rinse out mouth and avoid critical food 24 hours before kissing. In extreme cases, nothing helps. Sami Bahna reported in a patient with a peanut allergy who suffered a life-threatening anaphylactic shock after kissing his girlfriend. The young woman had two hours before cleaned after eating the nuts the teeth, mouth repeatedly rinsed and used chewing gum. Not only kissing Allergens can be transferred. So a woman had sex after an allergic reaction to Brazil nuts, without having had this previously consumed. The British physician Amolak Bansal explained this by saying that a contained in Brazil nuts protein was transferred by the sperm of the partner. Brazil nuts go through the semen An experiment confirmed this theory: even several hours after the consumption of Brazil nuts Brazil nut allergens were in man’s sperm contain, to which his friend had so violently react. Similar observations can be found at drug allergies: It is believed that even penicillin can be transmitted during sexual intercourse. The European Centre for Allergy Research Foundation estimates that by 2015 in industrialized countries, every second is suffering from an allergic disorder.

The WHO sees this upward trend will continue. “Failure to achieve curb the allergy problem, the Germans a people of children with allergies will soon,” says Beate Thier, doctor at the Techniker Krankenkasse. Then there will be problems in Kissing for more and more people.  Facts about kissing  1/9  The so commonplace translucent kiss is plenty unexplored.  To remedy the situation, Ingelore Ebberfeld interviewed 514 people between 16 and 91 years about kissing.  The result of the cultural anthropologist and sexual researcher from Bremen often shows large differences between men and women.  Kiss quality: 11 percent of men consider themselves to be bad kisser. For women, there are only 7 percent.  Kiss Lust: 56 percent of women kissing “very happy”. For men, there are only 44 percent.  Kissing during sex: 10 percent of women and 11 percent of men reported never to kiss during sex.

 Relations: 11 percent said they kissed during a partnership more. At 42 percent, it subsided.  Disclaimer: Should the respondents either the sex or kissing without, 63 percent of women would give up intercourse. For men, this decision would meet only 37 percent.  Is a good kiss better than sex? 46 percent of women say yes – but only 32 percent of men. These are the main allergy triggers  Ambrosia and Co.  Photogallery:  What bothers allergies


statement The following ingredient is prepared from ingredients of the oil palm: Hydrogenated Palm Oil. problem Demand for palm oil is rising strongly worldwide. But palm oil production results in Indonesia and Malaysia to the massive destruction of rainforests and peatlands. This has disastrous consequences for biodiversity, the climate, and the local population. problem Rainforest destruction To make room for palm oil plantations, large areas of rainforest are being cleared. In Indonesia, more than two thirds of the rainforests destroyed and countless other creatures are already threatened with extinction. Particularly the orangutan, found only in the rainforests of Sumatra and Borneo world, is in acute danger. The number of Sumatran orangutans has fallen by 91% since 1900’s. Many palm oil producers deforest without government approval and also destroy forests with high conservation value.

PANECO: protection of Sumatran orangutans climate Through deforestation as much carbon dioxide is released, that Indonesia has become the third largest greenhouse gas emitters – after the US and China. Here, a large part of CO2 emissions comes from the destruction of peatlands. This store huge amounts of carbon. For the cultivation of oil palms they are dehydrated, wherein carbon dioxide and methane gas is released. In addition, however much CO2 is also emitted during the fire clearance. In order to stop climate change, therefore, a moratorium on the destruction of rainforests and peatlands is necessary. Social conflicts The expansion of palm oil plantations always leads to social conflict. The indigenous population losing their land which serves as their livelihood, to the palm oil industry. In addition, the palm oil companies often keep their promises not one for compensation against the rural population. As plantation workers, people have often had a smaller income than previously taken part as landowners and are also in a state of dependence towards the palm oil companies.

Bruno Manser Fund: Fairness in the tropical forest use Palm oil is the cheapest and most widely used vegetable oil worldwide. The largest portion is used for food products (73. 5%), followed by consumer goods such as Cosmetics, soap and detergents, (21. 5%) and the smallest proportion of biofuels (5%) (Source: USDA 2007). In recent years the demand for palm oil has increased enormously. Mandatory declaration in food From 2016, the palm oil must be declared accordingly included in the EU food. For cosmetics, there are no mandatory declaration. In cosmetics, there are many terms, behind which components of the oil palm can hide, such as Sodium palmate or Elais guineensis. Also can be prepared many chemical raw materials such as fatty acids, both from the oil palm as well as from other plants. This makes it almost impossible to avoid buying palm products entirely.

Also Codecheck. info can not know with all products, whether they contain ingredients of the oil palm, therefore. Sustainable palm oil Palm oil can be described as sustainable if its production does not lead to rainforest and Torflandzerstörung and / or social conflict. Unfortunately, the proportion of truly sustainable palm oil on the market is still very small. Although the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) comes with its criteria for certification in the right direction, but unfortunately abused by many companies as a green fig leaf. Moreover far no criteria which take account of the greenhouse gas problem statement and reputable and independent control mechanisms for checking the criteria. No products from rainforest destruction Organic palm oil Bio-Suisse certified palm oil * follows guidelines which prohibit the clearing of areas with high conservation value. This includes forests and primary forests. Exceptions are areas that have been cleared before 1994th The production of organic palm oil does not entail destruction of rainforests. What can I do?

Request them from the manufacturers not to use palm oil from rainforest and Torflandzerstörung more. This can be done through customer service or via a contact form. The more consumers actually demand sustainable palm oil, which brings neither rainforest and Torflandzerstörung, land conflicts still a loss of species, the sooner the manufacturer is willing to do something. No products from rainforest destruction