The Quest for Green Palm Oil

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Expansion of palm oil onto peatlands was relatively smaller, the papers showed, but as peatlands store large amounts of carbon this was still a big part of palm oil’s carbon footprint. Between 2006 and 2010, an average of 88 million tons of carbon dioxide per year was released due to conversion of peatlands for plantations. The creation of the RSPO was one response to concerns about the sustainability of the industry, but lately many environmental groups are saying that is not enough .

In September, US-based Rainforest Action Network launched a campaign against what it calls “conflict palm oil,” aimed at major snack food producers who use palm oil in their products. RAN is urging these companies to make sure none of the palm oil entering their supply chains was linked to deforestation, child labor, displacement of communities or peatland destruction.

Some of these companies have engaged with RAN and seem willing to look for ways to eliminate conflict palm oil from their supply chains, Laurel Sutherlin, the communications manager for RAN’s forest program, told the Jakarta Globe on Wednesday. Others, he said, simply claim “we’ve got it covered.”


United States
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Jakarta Globe
Diana Parker
Friday, November 15, 2013

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