14 Mar '12, 3am

Surging demand for vegetable oil drives rainforest destruction

Surging demand for vegetable oil drives rainforest destruction

Expansion of the oil palm estate and natural forest loss in Indonesia and Malaysia, 1990-2008. Click image to enlarge Palm oil is now found in up to half of packaged processed foods in some markets. By virtue of its high yield, palm oil is a cheaper substitute than other vegetable oils, but it has lately been targeted by environmentalists because its production has at times taken a heavy toll on wildlife-rich rainforests and carbon-dense peat swamps in Indonesia and Malaysia. The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), which sets standards for production, is the palm oil industry's response to these concerns.

Full article: http://news.mongabay.com/2012/0313-ucs_vegetable_oil_defo...

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