29 Nov '13, 1pm

The Sad Exploitation of Palm Oil (And 5 Reasons You Should Avoid it)

The Sad Exploitation of Palm Oil (And 5 Reasons You Should Avoid it)

When I was younger we visited Malaysia two or three times per year to stay with my Nenek (Grandma) and the extended family. Tasty Malay food was always the spread, all of which was cooked up in palm oil. And rightly so; it was versatile, locally sourced and cheap. The palm tree was, and is, part of the culture. Western food was only just creeping into the diet, so at that time locals could afford to eat palm oil, from a health point of view. Now that was just 20 years ago. Fast forward to 2013, and the palms have hit the fan, so to speak. Malaysia and Indonesia produce 90 percent of palm oil worldwide and need to keep up with global demand. Production of palm oil increased from 40 percent of all vegetable oils traded in 2002 to 65 percent in 2006. Worldwide demand for palm oil is expected to double again by 2020 . But it’s not an explosion in popularity of laksa, curry puf...

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