Frontiers | Face palm: are palm oil boycotters hypocrites?

“Bananas, beef, cane sugar, chocolate, coconuts, coffee, pineapples, soybeans, tea and vanilla, to name a few, are all produced in previously forested tropical areas,” he comments. “But the attention these receive is hardly comparable to the scrutiny that is directed towards palm oil.”

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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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The Conversation |  The geopolitics of palm oil and deforestation

The Conversation | The geopolitics of palm oil and deforestation

Four major vegetable oils constitute more than 85% of the world consumption (figure 4). Sunflowers, rapeseed and soybeans were originally grown in temperate countries, but a rising share of soybeans is now produced in Brazil thanks to genetically improved varieties. Oil palms grow only under humid tropical conditions, and produce 5 to 8 times more oil per hectare than the other crops.

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TheGuardian | How the world got hooked on palm oil

Palm oil’s world domination is the result of five factors: first, it has replaced less healthy fats in foods in the west. Second, producers have pushed to keep its price low. Third, it has replaced more expensive oils in home and personal care products. Fourth, again because it is cheap, it has been widely adopted as cooking oil in Asian countries. Finally, as those Asian countries have grown richer, they have begun to consume more fat, much of it in the form of palm oil.

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TEMPO | Korupsi politik perizinan sawit

TEMPO | Korupsi politik perizinan sawit

Problem sawit sama dengan masalah utama pemanfaatan sumber daya alam lain, yaitu ketertutupan informasi yang menghadirkan kecurigaan serta bentuk-bentuk perizinan koruptif, yang berakhir pada pemusatan kekayaan alam di kelompok-kelompok tertentu. Padahal, di era keterbukaan informasi, hampir mustahil menutupi keburukan atau kebaikan yang telah menjadi fakta.

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