This ‘Golden Crop’ is not sustainable!

My last post on Palm Oil where I wrote the disadvantages of using Palm Oil has been making headlines again. Recently on BBC you might have read about deforestation in Indonesia and Malaysia. In total these two countries cover 80% of palm oil production. According to the article, most of the people came out of poverty because of Palm Oil business.

I feel really sad when I see it is all happening at the cost deforestation. Imagine someone comes up and destroy your house and leave you homeless. The Orangutan might be feeling the same. They are extremely territorial but their home is being destroyed because of our needs.

Alternative vegetable oils include soybean, rapeseed, and coconut as well as less common jatropha and jojoba. These have passed the hurdle of technical feasibility but still present challenges in terms of affordability, acceptability, and sustainability.

It is difficult to move on from Palm oil, I have to agree with it. Palm Oil is being used everywhere and we can’t help it.

This is considered as a Golden Crop for a reason but in last 40 years, 30% of the forest has been cut down in Borneo. The demand for this crop is going to increase by 50% in next 10 years. But imagine by what rate the forest will be cut down? Is it really worth it?

Do you have any suggestions?

Disadvantages of using Palm Oil

Studying in an International Course (It’s in English language in Italy so it’s kind of a big deal here) I have many class mates around the world. One of my good friends who is from Indonesia and has studied in my country too recently spoke to me about the Palm Oil. We were hanging out with friends so i heard him for a while and then we moved on to a different subject (It was ‘where are more beers dude?’).

All of a sudden today I had an urge to know more about the disadvantages of Palm Oil. First, we will list the products where Palm Oil is used.

Lipstick,Pizza Dough,Instant Noodles,Shampoo,Ice Cream etc (the list goes on and on). Basically it’s part of our lives. It’s everywhere.

But why is it?

“The oil itself is derived from the fruits of the oil palm. It is consumed in both oxidized and fresh forms. As a fresh food, it contains health benefits, such as the reduction of blood pressure and the risk of arterial thrombosis. Unfortunately, much of the commonly used palm oil is in an oxidized — that is to say, processed — form. Once the oil is oxidized, it poses health dangers on the psychological and biochemical levels, such as reproductive toxicity and organ toxicity, impacting organs such as the kidneys and lungs.” Excerpt taken from OneGreenPlanet.

It is bad from Environment, bad for wildlife, bad for people. Due to this it leads to deforestation, Child labour or for animals. You can read more about it on the following links.

http://www.saynotopalmoil.com/Whats_the_issue.php
http://www.worldwildlife.org/pages/which-everyday-products-contain-palm-oil
http://www.worldwildlife.org/pages/palm-oil-the-hidden-truth-lurking-in-your-home

Is Palm Oil Good for Your Health?

The best way is to cook at home with whole wide-some food and eating less processed food.