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Palm oil is destroying the world…

December 9, 2012

Here is a brief article from Scientific American on the highly destructive process and industry behind the production of palm oil, the cheap and popular oil used for cooking, biofuels and cosmetics, extracted primarily from the African oil palm Elaeis guineensis.

Of course, the palm oil craze and its downfalls is not new news… there is much to be had in the way of information / organizations / initiatives focused on slowing the spread of E. guineensis monocultures. However, realistically I don’t imagine the boom will fade anytime soon. Human beings are very good at taking good things (in this case the highly useful African Oil Palm) and turning them into something bad (mass deforestation / ecological destruction).

Here’s a photo I took while back of African oil palm agroforestry in Gabon, illustrating a slightly more conscious and interesting approach to Oil Palm farming in which a farmer is cultivating his annual and perennial food crops in the understory of light-density an E. guineensis orchard.

In other news (Reuters), Norway has agreed to pay Brazil $180 million dollars, part of a larger billion dollar deal, for slowing deforestation in the Amazon Rainforest (Does this constitute a bribe?)… Read the original article here.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. December 11, 2012 10:08:06 pm

    Reblogged this on Awesome Efficiency and commented:
    Thanks for attention to this. I do not use palm oil in cooking and would not have known. Undoubtedly some products I have used incorporate it.


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