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Palm Oil
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Briefly About Palm Oil

Nowadays in many places of southeast Asia (unfortunately even in tropical Africa or South America) rages widespread deforestation. Industrial production has the main contribution to palm oil whose European union is the second biggest purchaser in the world. We spread palm oil on pastry every day for breakfast (Rama, Perla, Alfa and other herbal spreads). It can also transport us to our work (mixed with fuel) then we eat it for a snack (contained in most of the biscuits, gingerbread and other sweets). We eat it for lunch (most of the food is fried in palm oil) and also for dinner (for example pastry with Nutella or in doughnut bought in the bakery). We use it for washing the laundry (part of washing powder and softener). People eat loads of crisps and salt crackers while watching TV. Palm oil is also used in several hygienic and cosmetic products (shampoo, shower gel, paste and skin care products). In the end, people fall asleep with a feeling that all the fairy tales about that we are responsible for deforestation are really just fairy tales. After all, Southeast Asia is so far from our country that I can not be responsible for things that are happening there.


In the last thirty years, palm oil, which is extracted from the fruit of the oil palms, has become one of the most extensively used plant derivates.

Today, palm oil is present in a wide range of products, starting from food, detergents, decorative cosmetics, toiletries, candles, livestock and pets feed, to the technical lubricants. Palm oil is also used for the production of agrofuels that, despite their name,cause damage to our environment.

Intensive oil palm cultivation is one of the key driving factors of destruction of tropical rainforests in Southeast Asia, Africa, and South America, and thus contributes to the destruction of the environment of local people, plants, and animals.

Along with the rainforests, unique communities of microorganisms, plants, and rainforest animals are disappearing forever

Deforestation bares the soil, disrupts its natural structure, negatively affects its functions and makes it more susceptible to being washed away by rains

The establishment of plantations is preceded by extensive fires that spread choking smoke for months even in distant surroundings and contribute to climate change

Intensive cultivation of oil palm goes hand in hand with the copious use of fertilizers and pesticides that poison not only the land but also rivers and groundwater

All this is accompanied by the corruption of high-ranking officials and illegal practices of palm oil corporations

Current intensive production of palm oil is not only environmentally unfriendly and exploitative to local people but also unsustainable

Environmentally friendly plantations cannot meet the ever-increasing global demand for palm oil that is, moreover, for health and environmental reasons grossly redundant

Excessive consumption of palm oil has negative effects on our health, since it is promoting immune disorders, heart, and vascular problems. During its industrial refinement, many substances causing cancer and genetic damage are produced in it.


The Green desert movie

An ordinary European has never been so much responsible for deforestation in tropics as s/he is today. Why is that so? The answer is given by the documentary of Michael Galik who takes us to the other end of the planet - on the tropical island of Borneo. The film reveals startling secrets hidden behind the widespread palm oil industry.


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