Advantages cheap food
Disadvantages destruction of habitat and rainforest / exploitation of workers
THIS REVIEW IS NOW IN THE RIGHT PLACE....I WROTE THIS GENERAL REPORT ABOUT PALM OIL A FEW YEARS AGO AND I THOUGHT IT'D BE INTERESTING TO ADD IT TO CIAO TO SEE WHAT CIAO-USERS THOUGHT OF IT AND HOW AWARE PEOPLE ARE OF PALM OIL IN GENERAL. I SEEM TO HAVE A FEW REGULAR READERS OF MY FILM REVIEWS (THANKS!!) AND JUST THOUGHT IT WOULD BE INTERESTING TO POST THIS.
SOME OF IT IS SLIGHTLY OUT OF DATE... THINGS ARE ALWAYS CHANGING.... HOWEVER I HOPE YOU MIGHT FIND THIS OF INTEREST. I'D BE HAPPY TO ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS THAT CIAO USERS MIGHT HAVE IF I CAN....I'VE REMOVED REFERENCES TO SPECIFIC COMPANIES.
WHAT IS PALM OIL?
Palm oil, a derivative of the oil palm fruit, is one of the world’s most traded commodities. Over 40 million tonnes of palm oil is being produced worldwide every year. Tasteless and sometimes virtually colourless it is found in 10 per cent of our supermarket products. Often unidentified, or simply labelled as ‘vegetable oil’, it may sound innocuous but palm oil is a hidden killer. There are a myriad of ugly side effects related to palm oil cultivation making the use of palm oil a real problem.
The continuing growth of palm oil plantations, that already cover almost 10 million hectares of Malaysia and Indonesia, is quickly pushing the region’s native species towards extinction. Human rights abuse, worker exploitation and violent conflicts over land rights are also serious problems.
DESTRUCTION OF HABITAT – ENDANGERED SPECIES
Illegal logging and clearing of forests to make way for palm oil plantations has put orang-utans and other species such as the Sumatran tiger on the critically endangered list. Loss of habitat also puts these animals at risk from starvation or from poachers that profit from selling young orang-utans to the pet trade. The WWF reports that orang-utans - seen as agricultural pests - are often killed or maimed by plantation workers. Pressure group The Ape Alliance suggests that if nothing is done to prevent the current situation from continuing, the orang-utan will become extinct in the wild within the next 12 years.
Although the peatlands have been under threat for some time, demand for palm oil production for bio-fuels is a new additional threat.
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