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Palm oil certification - from partnerships to sustainability

Glopolis issued a publication on certified palm oil called „Palm Oil Certification - from partnerships to sustainability.“


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Palmový olej z Indonésie

author/source: Jana Klápová

It is the most used vegetable oil in the world, but so few know about it. Who would guess that we consume palm oil on a daily basis? When asked if we eat palm oil, most people on the street would answer no – palm oil is used in some exotic cuisine, right? Little do they expect to find it in half of the products available in their supermarkets, including in our shampoos, soaps and cleaning items.

Discussions on palm oil are intensifying – demand is growing and the impacts of its cultivation along with it: deforestation and destruction of invaluable ecosystems in the main countries of produce – Indonesia and Malaysia – but increasingly also in other tropical parts of the world; land grabbing issues; and marginalization of indigenous peoples dependent on the forests for their living. Over the past ten years efforts have been made to curb such harmful practices by introducing certification systems. What exactly has been achieved over this time and is there a future for mass consumption and ecosystem conservation to coexist?

To read more you can download the publication here (PDF, 1 MB).

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