FftF | Edible Fats and Oils Collaboration

FftF | Edible Fats and Oils Collaboration

There is little widespread understanding about how the different industrial fats and oils stack up against each other in environmental, social but also nutritional terms. Instead, public debate is often simplified and polarised into “good vs bad” fats and oils, with palm oil receiving the most scrutiny specifically for its association with deforestation and other environmental impacts. But it’s not that simple.

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CIAT | Could these crops save Peruvian forests?

CIAT | Could these crops save Peruvian forests?

In Peru, many associations of small and medium producers claim to have actually grown their oil palm and cacao plantations on lands previously deforested for illicit crops, cattle ranching or other practices. They did so motivated by initiatives promoted by the government and the international cooperation community

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Science | Indonesia’s strict new biopiracy rules could stifle international research

Science | Indonesia’s strict new biopiracy rules could stifle international research

The law’s unclear definitions are another problem, says Erik Meijaard, a Dutch conservationist based in Brunei. “What does ‘doing research’ mean?” asks Meijaard, who doesn’t conduct on-the-ground research in Indonesia but provides scientific advice and works with Indonesian scientists. Nor it is clear what “beneficial” research is, he says: “How would I know that the outcome will be positive or negative before I start the research?”

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Palm Oil Shill

It’s official, Twitter #golemite “exposes” Orangutan Land Trust and myself to be palm oil #shills, because … reasons.

How does that saying go again… something about failing the argument and starting the slander?

PHYS | No, palm oil is not responsible for 40% of global deforestation

PHYS | No, palm oil is not responsible for 40% of global deforestation

In just Indonesia, 25 million hectares of forest were lost, of which 7.5 million hectares were used for agricultural production. Of these 7.5 million hectares, 2.9 million correspond to oil palm plantations, about 40%. It is therefore responsible for 40% of deforestation – but only that caused by the agricultural sector and only in this one country, not the world.

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WOL | Conversion of rainforest to oil palm and rubber plantations alters energy channels in soil food webs

WOL | Conversion of rainforest to oil palm and rubber plantations alters energy channels in soil food webs

Conversion of rainforests into rubber and oil palm plantations alters energy channels in the soil food web as shown by different composition of biomarker FAs in soil fauna communities in different land‐use systems. Our results show a general increase in the plant energy channel and strong alterations in the bacterial energy channel in oil palm plantations, and a reduction of the AMF‐root‐based energy channel in rubber plantations as compared to rainforest. Despite the general shifts in the use of basal food resources, our results also showed that different trophic groups and size classes of soil fauna contain different specific biomarker FAs across land‐use systems and thus are linked to different basal resources. In most of the cases, the group identity had a larger effect on the FAs composition than land‐use change and thus this effect will be discussed in the first place.

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