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Why Palm Oil is bad

A major new study has confirmed what we've suspected for a while. Palm oil plantations "reduce plant and animal diversity, and do little to reduce carbon emissions".

We try not to buy anything with palm oil in it. It's becoming increasingly difficult. For example, peanut butter often has the expensive peanut oil taken out and replaced with palm oil, most Xmas pudding contain palm oil and in the US, it's replacing corn oil in a lot of products.

It's difficult to find information on the web about palm oil that hasn't come from one of the bodies promoting its use, funded by the companies that produce it.

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davidt3001
Dec. 2nd, 2008 04:01 pm (UTC)
You can also blame the rise of biodiesel (another dumb idea -- let's make our cars run on food) for the prevalence of the stuff.

High fructose corn syrup is another thing that's getting really hard to avoid, and its marketing organisation has even taken out cheesy adverts for the benefits of the stuff.
timgray
Dec. 2nd, 2008 04:35 pm (UTC)
People - especially politicians - are scrambling to find wholly technical fixes rather than having to (tell people to) make lifestyle changes.
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