28 May '11, 1pm

The Secret, Sinister?, All-Purpose Ingredient: Palm Oil #sustainable

Palm oil is a key ingredient that provides a major source of employment and foreign exchange for producing countries, and is a product whose diverse use and cost-effectiveness is fast becoming irreplaceable. It is also the primary driver of large-scale destruction to some of the most delicate and rich ecosystems on the planet. With the creation of monoculture oil palm plantations - the main form of palm oil production, and the vehicle that has allowed palm oil production to rise so rapidly in the past few decades - comes a myriad of environmental and cultural issues, including irreparable damage to rain forests, endangering already threatened endemic species, and harming certain native cultures' ways of life.

Full article: http://www.justmeans.com/blogs/The-Secret--Sinister--All-...

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