Palm oil: Boom has devastating consequences

The demand for palm oil increases year by year. But the huge plantations cause massive problems for the environment as well as for human rights. This is illustrated in a study comissioned by UEM and Bread for the World. A second study shows that even the so called "sustainable palm oil" does not keep what promises.

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New palm oil study by UEM, Bread for the World and the "Südwind" institute

Palm oil can be used for various products such as convenience food, ice cream, lipsticks, washing powder or fuel. That is why it is the demand increases year by year. But the huge palm oil plantations in South East Asia have devastating consequences for the environment and for human rights. This is illustrated in a new study carried out by the "Südwind" institute. The study was comissioned by UEM and Bread for the World.

Massive overexploitation of rain forest is a major problem resulting from the increase of palm oil platations, extinguishing rare species of plants and animals and threatening the natural environment of indegenious people. More and more people are expelled from their ancestral land and thereby deprived of their human rights.

New palm oil study 2014

A new study from 2014 shows that even so called "sustainble palm oil" does not keep what it promises. The study will be accessable soon.

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