What’s driving the palm oil industry’s human rights abuses and environmental destruction? Just follow the money

Friends of the Earth International | 8 January 2014

Palm oil is cheap because it’s produced by a global industry built on land grabbing, human rights abuses and environmental devastation.

 by Jeff Conant
If you’re looking to do your part to protect tropical rainforests, you need look no further than your kitchen pantry. As you’ve likely heard by now from Friends of the Earth and others, the world’s leading killer of tropical forests is palm oil — and palm oil derivatives are in your cookies, your ice cream, your shampoo, and — I’m sorry to tell you this — in your chocolate. While industry analysts attribute the ubiquity of palm oil to consumer demand, palm oil isn’t in all these products because you demanded it, because it’s healthy, or because it tastes good (it doesn’t). It’s there because it’s cheap. Palm oil is cheap because it’s produced by a global industry built on land grabbing, human rights abuses and environmental devastation. Along with low production costs and a growing market comes the other reason why palm oil has become ubiquitous: it gives high returns on investment…

 http://www.farmlandgrab.org/post/view/23008-what-s-driving-the-palm-oil-industry-s-human-rights-abuses-and-environmental-destruction-just-follow-the-money#sthash.EkJyOAgp.dpuf

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