Is there more to palm oil than deforestation?

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Palm oil fresh fruit bunches Photo: Sophie-Dorothe Lieke
Palm oil fresh fruit bunches Photo: Sophie-Dorothe Lieke
Research team led by Göttingen University investigates consumer understanding of sustainable palm oil in Germany

Palm oil is the world’s most produced and consumed vegetable oil and everyone knows that its production can damage the environment. But do consumers have the full picture? In fact, replacing palm oil with rapeseed oil would require a four to five-fold increase in the amount of land needed. Research led by the University of Göttingen investigated the attitudes, beliefs and understanding about palm oil of the general public in Germany, and how this links to land use. The researchers show that people find it hard to know the consequences of their buying choices, even when extra information is supplied. ...
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