You probably heard something about palm oil being an issue in the world today. Do you know why?
Palm oil is a vegetable oil made from trees present mainly Africa and South-East Asia. Palm oil is in almost 50% of packaged products, from food to hygiene and beauty products. Since it’s so versatile and stable, it is very handy to all of those industries, and it can also be used as a cooking oil in households.
The problem is: it is a leading cause of deforestation in areas of vast biodiversity. This destroys the natural habitats of endangered species, like the orangutan you can see in this picture. Besides that, there are several cases of worker’s exploitation in palm oil plantations.
That’s why an alternative is looking for products produced with sustainable palm oil, which have better practices in place to avoid both environmental and human exploitation. Innovative ideas are also important! For example, there are new business enterprise looking into producing oil from coffee grounds!
Veganism is not only about what we eat. In the same way, what we eat is not only related to veganism. The future of the whole planet depends on our combined actions. Saying no to palm oil that causes deforestation is an easy step we can all take.
What are your thoughts about palm oil? Did you know it was such a big issue?