9 responses to “Can palm oil be sustainable?”

  1. Maarten van Leeuwen
  2. Greenpeace International

    New Greenpeace report:
    Palm Oil’s New Frontier – How industrial expansion threatens Africa’s rainforests

    From the Greenpeace International press release:

    When it is done well and is properly managed, palm oil production can be of potential benefit to the populations of developing countries, providing sustainable livelihoods. On the other hand, unchecked large-scale expansion of the industry could lead to environmental devastation, and precipitate social and economic havoc. Some acquisitions put forests, ecosystems and the climate at risk, and threaten the livelihood of the people depending on the land.

    This report charts the rapid expansion of the palm oil in western and central Africa by multinational companies, through a series of large-scale plantation projects. Countries in Africa now stand at a crossroads. They can choose to continue to allow these corporations to encroach upon their land and expand into their natural rainforests in pursuit of short-term economic benefits. Alternatively, African governments and African people can choose the path of sustainable development and put the protection of their natural resources and their livelihoods first.

  3. Anonymous

    The principal objective of RSPO is “to promote the growth and use of sustainable palm oil through cooperation within the supply chain and open dialogue between its stakeholders”.

  4. Charles Arthur

    Breaking news:
    Palm oil company in Cameroon drops bid for eco-certification of controversial plantation
    http://news.mongabay.com/2012/0905-herakles-leaves-rspo.html#

  5. Environmental Investigation Agency

    The Environmental Investigation Agency was represented at the Hatfield Forest Woodfest over the weekend and we’re pleased to report back that awareness of palm oil as an ethical issue appears to be increasingly widespread.

    Press & Communications Officer Paul Newman said: “I’ve been at this Woodfest and several others with my family for a number of years now, promoting EIA’s work with a specific focus on corruption, criminality and deforestation in the palm oil sector.”

    “Only two or three years ago, the issue of palm oil tended to raise more expressions of bewilderment than anything else, but it would appear people are steadily catching on to the havoc this cash crop is wreaking.

    “For the first time, I’ve had people approaching me specifically to discuss palm oil, wanting to know why it has so many ethical problems and asking what they can do about it.”

  6. Charles Arthur

    How palm oil jeopardises global efforts to reduce emissions by Caroline Lucas, the UK’s first green member of Parliament

    While governments commit to biofuels as a solution to reduce emissions, they are contributing to a destructive palm oil trade

  7. Aboubacar FALL

    Thank you for this in-depth analysis of a crucial challenge palm oil-rich countries are facing , i.e striking a balance between production and conservation, without mentioning the need for sound governance of the resource .

  8. Palm Olive

    “We need to be growing at the rate of 10,000 hectares a year to be economically viable, which is not happening,” says Carl Dagenhart, head of corporate communications for Europe and Africa for Malaysia’s Sime Darby, the world’s largest producer of certified sustainable palm oil.
    Read more about the palm oil industry expansion in Liberia here:
    Palm oil: Companies have trouble securing land

  9. Anonymous

    Guatemala’s palm industry leaves locals contemplating an uncertain future.
    The growing global demand for palm oil threatens to change life irrevocably for people in the northern Guatemalan state of Petén.

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/global-development/poverty-matters/2012/oct/04/guatemala-palm-industry-locals-uncertain-future