5 reasons for choosing more sustainable palm oil
You may not be aware of it, but palm oil is all around you. Yet we have to be careful about how we deal with this popular fat. Here are five notable facts about fat. Read them and you’ll understand how important it is that we start producing more sustainably.
1. One in two products contains palm (kernel) oil
Palm oil, or palm kernel oil, is an important ingredient in many products we use every day: chocolate, biscuits, ice cream and sauces use this fat, as do shampoo, cosmetics and soap. Because of its favourable influence on taste, texture and mouthfeel, palm oil is difficult to replace with other oils.
2. Palm oil contains a lot of saturated fats
Too much saturated fat increases the risk of cardiovascular diseases. So you should consume them sparingly.
3. Protecting forests is essential
Sustainably managed plantations contribute to preventing poverty for millions of workers, especially in Indonesia and Malaysia. But with non-sustainable cultivation, there’s a downside: the primary forest must often make way for the dead straight lines of palm plantations. And that is happening ever faster.
4. Nothing is as productive as palm cultivation
The oil palm is far more productive than other oil-bearing plants. If we have to replace palm oil with other vegetable oils, we’ll need between 4 and 10 times more agricultural land for the same yield. Using sensibly the profitable palm seems the better option.
5. The demand for palm oil will only rise
In 2050, there will be about 9 billion people on the planet. Oils and fats play a large role in the world food supply. For this very reason, it’s important to make production more sustainable. And by any means we can to achieve it.
Met dit initiatief dragen we bij aan het realiseren van deze Duurzame Ontwikkelingsdoelstellingen van de Verenigde Naties.