Monthly Archives: October 2011

What is Palm Oil?

Palm oil has been a hot topic recently. But exactly what is palm oil? Produced from the fruit of the oil palm tree, palm oil is used as a raw material in food and non-food industries. It’s even used in products such as oven chips, cosmetic products, margarine and biodiesel.

In some sense the production of palm oil, in areas such as south-east Asia, has aided economical development. However due to the vast range of products palm oil is used in, the demand in recent years has risen to gigantic levels. As a result of this, entire tropical rainforests are having to be destroyed simply to make room for the plantations needed to produce palm oil. It’s truly resulting in a terrible cost on the environment and even our global climate as a whole. With sustainable palm oil this is no longer an issue.

The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) has created a globally agreed set of environmental standards. Sustainable palm oil is produced completely by palm oil plantations which abide by these standards. For more information about palm oil and sustainable palm oil head on over to – http://www.greenpalm.org

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