Deforestation is at the top of the CIA’s list of environmental issues facing Indonesia, and much of it can be attributed to the creation of palm oil plantations, built to satisfy demands of the American market, which has increased the import of palm oil by 485 percent over the last decade.
Palm oil is used in ice cream, cookies, crackers, chocolate products, breakfast bars, cake mixes, doughnuts, potato chips, instant noodles, frozen desserts and meals, baby formula, margarine and dry and canned soups, according to the Rainforest Action Network, which is campaigning to see palm oil eliminated from products or their producers switch to using sustainably grown palm oil.
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