19 Feb '15, 12pm

Palm oil may have met its match, which would be a boon for the planet

Scientists at the University of Bath have successfully cultivated an oily yeast with an identical lipid profile to palm oil. Palm oil is everywhere. Found in an estimated 50 percent of items at the grocery store, from packaged foods to cleaning supplies, and also made popular by its ‘healthy saturated fat’ profile, it’s an oil that few food manufacturers can afford to give up, despite the environmental havoc wreaked by its production. Palm oil production is the leading cause of rainforest destruction in Malaysia and Indonesia, which make 87 percent of the world’s palm oil, as well as parts of Central America, where palm oil farms are just starting to make a dent in the world market. It’s also responsible for the deaths of countless orangutans, whose natural habitat is being destroyed to make way for plantations. Why do we persist with palm oil production when it’s such a n...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/sustainable-agriculture/palm-oi...

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theecologist.org 24 Feb '15, 8pm

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