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The Palm Oil Problem: Tropical Deforestation #NoDeforestation 4 #PalmOil! #sustainability

The Palm Oil Problem: Tropical Deforestation #NoDeforestation 4 #PalmOil! #sustainability

About 85% of palm oil is produced in Southeast Asia, namely Indonesia and Malaysia. As an example of what’s at risk, let me share a bit about a particularly spectacular region, the Gunung Leuser ecosystem in Sumatra. This area is at risk of conversion to palm oil plantations, and even within the “protected” national park in the ecosystem, some areas have been illegally cut down and planted with oil palm trees. This area is extraordinary—it serves as habitat for the Sumatran orangutan, elephant, and tiger, all of which are critically endangered.

Full article: http://www.earthshare.org/2014/01/palmoil.html

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