Palmolja Otankbart

This Greenpeace campaign is pretty direct. Palm Oil:Unthinkable. Indonesia’s forests are being depleted faster than any other on the planet and deforestation contributes heavily to Indonesia’s ranking as the number 3 greenhouse gas emitting country. Palm oil plantations are driving this deforestation threatening the existence of “the people of the forest”—the orangutans.

Some of the large multinational giants—Cargill, Nestle, Unilever, Proctor and Gamble and others—are sourcing their palm oil from Indonesia’s forests. In addition to being an ingredient in food products and a lubricant in cosmetics, palm oil is also being developed for the biofuel sector. The emergence of biofuels as a possible environmental solution is surrounded by controversy.  How can something that plays a signficant role in anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions be touted as a climate change solution?  What will the development of biofuels mean for food security?

A report by the Royal Society suggests biofuels could do more harm than good. The European Union is taking this issue seriously by proposing a ban on certain biofuel crops, including palm oil from Indonesia.


~ by sangamithra on January 20, 2008.

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