Why Palm Oil Is So Bad For The Environment

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  • Melissa
    June 15, 2018

    Whilst I totally don’t agree with the commercial industries destroying native rainforests & ecosystems, I do think that Palm Oil is a very valuable part of our modern world. In it’s natural state, it’s a great fat for eating (nutritious like coconut oil and butter), and it helps dramatically to supply the oil requirements of this modern world in a way that canola or coconut cannot. Plus a large proportion of Palm Oil farms are not owned/run by huge corporations destroying the earth, but by local families who run Palms as part of the farm they’ve had for generations. I found this article on the subject very interesting: http://theconversation.com/palm-oil-scourge-of-the-earth-or-wonder-crop-42165
    Perhaps there’s a better way to view Palm Oil then just as a source of bad things that should be completely avoided? Perhaps taking the time & effort to source products that use ethically sourced Palm Oil might be a way to go?

    • brenda
      January 14, 2019

      Hi there.
      So sorry for my late reply.
      I know that many people are of the same opinion as you but I won’t be sourcing any products that use ethically sourced palm oil or its derivatives.
      There’s no need for me to do that when I can source high quality products that use NO palm oil whatsoever.
      Realistically the millions of hectares of palm oil plantations in Indonesia and Malaysia used to be pristine forests/jungles which were homes and food sources for orangutans and many other (now endangered) animal species.
      These animals now only have small pockets and corridors of forest safety because of the huge demand for palm oil.
      I know that palm oil and its derivatives are ingredients in a huge majority of products but my EnviroBren business isn’t going to buy into that.
      I’d say that a large proportion of palm oil plantations ARE owned by BigCorp (there’s no way on earth that local families bulldoze/burn the amount of forests that are being devastated every day).
      That’s my opinion and you don’t have to agree with it but my EnviroBren business will always stand by my palm oil free ethos.

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