Updated: Jul 23
We think it is safe to assume that everyone has heard of Palm oil and most people are aware of the negative press that surrounds it. But is it really that bad and should we boycott it altogether?
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First, let us understand a bit more about Palm oil.
According to the WWF,
Palm oil is an edible vegetable oil that comes from the fruit of Oil Palm Trees
Palm oil produces two products: crude palm oil and palm kernel oil.
Indonesia and Malaysia make up over 85% of global palm oil supply, but 42 other countries produce it.
Palm oil is an important crop for emerging economies and there are millions of smallholder farms who rely on palm oil for their livelihood.
Palm oil is an incredibly efficient crop. It produces more oil per land area than any other equivalent crop. To get the same amount of oil from other sources such as soybean or coconut, you would need anywhere between 4 and 10 times the land.
Palm oil is found in around 50% of all packaged supermarket products including, but not limited to, food, lipstick, deodorant, soaps, and shampoos.
Palm oil is extremely versatile, gives products a longer shelf life and is relatively cheap – which are just some of the reasons being it so prevalent in a wide range of products.