13 Mar '12, 10am

Demand for Vegetable Oil Increases Rate of Deforestation #palmoil

Demand for Vegetable Oil Increases Rate of Deforestation #palmoil

The global demand for vegetable oil is growing and contributing to deforestation, according to the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS). Their report Recipes for Success: Solutions for Deforestation-Free Vegetable Oils , offers solutions to aid businesses, governments and consumers in finding vegetable oils that do not adversely affect forest cover. The increase in demand for vegetable oil not only impacts global economy but also ecosystems. This demand more land that is needed to grow crops. Palm oil and soybean oil are the worst culprits. Sadly, over the last decade, much of this demand has been met by clear-cutting tropical forests. Deforestation accounts for about 15 percent of annual global carbon emissions. The increase in consumption of vegetable oils is due to several factors. Not only is the growing population requiring more oil but oils are also widely used in soa...

Full article: http://www.triplepundit.com/2012/03/demand-vegetable-oil-...

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