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- Social and environmental impact of palm oil
- Palm Oil Fact Sheet
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Social and environmental impact of palm oil
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Join us and you can help stop the illegal wildlife trade and tackle other threats facing our natural world. Our palm oil scorecard shows that many of the foods we eat are still contributing to deforestation. Two types of oil can be produced; crude palm oil comes from squeezing the fleshy fruit, and palm kernel oil which comes from crushing the kernel, or the stone in the middle of the fruit.
Oil palm trees are native to Africa but were brought to South-East Asia just over years ago as an ornamental tree crop. Palm oil is an extremely versatile oil that has many different properties and functions which makes it so useful and so widely used. In Asian and African countries, palm oil is used widely as a cooking oil, just like we might use sunflower or olive oil here. This forest loss coupled with conversion of carbon rich peat soils are throwing out millions of tonnes of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere and contributing to climate change.
There also remains some exploitation of workers and child labour. Palm oil can be produced more sustainably and things can change. The RSPO has a production standard that sets best practices producing and sourcing palm oil, and it has the buy-in of most of the global industry. Only with all of these ingredients can we start to accelerate the shift to a mainstream sustainable palm oil industry.
Palm oil is an incredibly efficient crop, producing more oil per land area than any other equivalent vegetable oil crop. To get the same amount of alternative oils like soybean or coconut oil you would need anything between 4 and 10 times more land, which would just shift the problem to other parts of the world and threaten other habitats and species.
Furthermore, palm oil is an important crop for the GDP of emerging economies and there are millions of smallholder farmers who depend on producing palm oil for their livelihood. Boycotting palm oil is not always the answer, but demanding more action to tackle the issues and go further and faster, is. RSPO represents the largest, independent, third-party standard for the more sustainable production of palm oil. Certified palm oil protects the environment and the local communities who depend on it for their livelihoods, so that palm oil can continue to play a key role in food security.
In November the RSPO standard was strengthened and it now represents an essential tool that can help companies achieve their commitments to palm oil that is free of deforestation, expansion on peat, exploitation and the use of fire. In the UK Government recognised that we were part of the palm oil problem and could also be part of the solution. Check out our new WWF Palm oil Scorecard to see which of your favourite brands and retailers are committed to sustainable palm oil free of deforestation and destruction of nature.
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Palm Oil Fact Sheet
Many people also depend directly on these forests, especially indigenous people and local communities. Margono, et. Between , deforestation in Indonesia reached 1,, ha. The natural forest and peat lands in Indonesia have been replaced by other land uses, mostly for industrial plantations, such as oil palm and pulpwood. The plantation sectors such as oil palm and pulpwood are the largest driver of deforestation in Indonesia. Around 24 million hectares of rainforest were destroyed in Indonesia between and based on the official figures released by the Indonesian Government.
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Read full article PDF. A landmark review has called for transformational change in our economic approach to nature. The long-awaited review by Prof Sir Partha Dasgupta, of the University of Cambridge, says prosperity has come at a "devastating" cost to the natural world. Onrizal Onrizal remembers hearing stories of human-like creatures living in the forest when he was growing up in Sungai Dareh, a town in western Sumatra, Indonesia. Read full article Web.
It is locally used as cooking oil, exported for use in much commercial food and personal care products and is converted into biofuel. It produces up to 10 times more oil per unit area than soybeans , rapeseed or sunflowers. An estimated 1. Deforestation in Indonesia for palm oil and illegal logging is so rapid that a United Nations Environment Programme UNEP report said that most of the country's forest might be destroyed by
Tell PepsiCo it's time to cut ties with companies destroying our rainforests and exploiting their workers for cheap palm oil. While PepsiCo makes profits cutting corners in its palm oil policy, people and the planet are paying a steep price. Field investigations and satellite analysis show that palm oil companies tied to the Salim Group have continued to destroy carbon-rich peat forests in Borneo for five years straight.