What's the issue with palm oil?
What's the issue?
Palm oil is the most widely used vegetable oil in the world. Current demands for the product cannot be met sustainably and as a result we are experiencing mass loss of habitat, wildlife loss or displacement, violations of human rights and intensifying effects of climate change. It is estimated that 193 species labelled as critically endangered, endangered or vulnerable on the IUCN Red List are affected across regions in South East Asia, Africa, and Latin America, (IUCN) as a result of the negative impact of palm oil.
The commodity can only be grown within 10 degrees of the equator which is the tropical regions of the Earth. Current high demands for the product places high pressues on this region and as a result demand cannot be met sustainably and have led to widespread devastating deforestation. Due to the verstility of palm oil and a growing human population, demand will inevitably continues to rise, placing more pressue on natural ecosystems. We must find sustainable alternatives to allow tropical regions to restore and thrive.