Dangers of Palm Oil
Palm Oil is the most used plant oil and is in nearly every 2nd product in the supermarket.
Over 71% of world palm oil is used in the food industry. Around 24% for cleaning and personal care. And around 5% for electricity production, heat production and fuel production.
Originally, the palm was native to West Africa. Today, it is grown on over 27 million hectares around the world. The largest producers are Indonesia and Malaysia.
and the largest palm oil consumers are India Indonesia and China with a total of 41%. The EU is the fourth largest customer with 11%.
But why exactly is this oil so special and so sought after? The oil palm grows fast and is also very productive. For the same amount of oil it needs much less surface. In addition, it is cheap, tasteless, heat resistant, has a long shelf life and creamy at room temperature.
The problem with palm oil is that it is harm for the environment because the palms are grown on ever larger areas. To make room for the plantations, rainforests are cut down and burned down in unimaginable dimensions. In addition, the wood of the rainforests promises start-up capital and the soil of the rainforest is always very fertile.
The real problem is that the production has risen significantly in the last few years. This poses a major problem, because two thirds of the land-based animals are native to rainforests, and secondly, forests are of course CO2 storage and bind more than 300 million tons of carbon worldwide.
At deforestation, the animals that live there are killed painfully and some rare species may even be eradicated.
It is hard to just buy some other oli or let the palm oil grow somewhere else. Because the palm oil need topical tropical climate and other oli need more pace which we don’t have enough here in the EU.
The most palm oil is in convenience foods, which are based on vegetable oils. The best thing to do is to cook with fresh ingredients, to pay attention to your palm oil consumption and to use local oils.