gbsteve (gbsteve) wrote,

Palm Oil in everything

Panorama recently rang round to ask about the use of Palm Oil and it appears that there isn't anyone who isn't using it. Some justify the use saying they get sustainable palm oil as defined by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO). The trouble is that most palm oil is all mixed together so it's impossible to define what's sustainable and what isn't, and moreover two of the members of the RSPO, two of the largest, have been engaged in illegal forest clearance in Indonesia.

Not only does this threaten habitat and species such as the Orang Utan but Indonesia is the third largest producer of green house gases, much of which comes from burning the cleared wood. It's not much fun for the locals either when their topsoil, no longer anchored by trees, slips down the hill.

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