The Problems with Palm Oil

Bornean elephant in palm oil plantation - the problem with palm oil

Palm Oil is a conflict commodity that has to be grown in the ashes of dead rainforests. Species-rich ecosystems are destroyed simply for a constant stream of cheap consumer goods. This is what gives palm oil its evil reputation.

There are many problems with palm oil that are outlined below. These include deforestation, wild animal extinction, human rights abuses, slavery, child slavery, sexual assault of female workers, illegal land-grabbing and violent military interventions to assist in the clearance of land and quelling of land disputes.

Corporate corruption and greenwashing is rife throughout all levels of the palm oil supply chain, including and especially by corporate entities who use so-called “sustainable” palm oil.

According to a 2020 study from the journal Nature, 9,088 species on earth are threatened by non-timber crops, which includes palm oil and soy. These vividly beautiful and unique species live in the tropical rainforests of the world and must be protected. Remember you can vote with your dollars and boycott the brands responsible for deforestation. When you do, use the hashtag #Boycott4Wildlife.

Problems with Palm Oil

Palm Oil Extinction & Animal Cruelty

Palm Oil & Out Of Control Consumerism

Palm Oil Deforestation, Fires & Ecocide

Palm Oil, Human Rights Abuses & Indigenous Land-Grabbing

Palm Oil & Human Health Hazards

Palm Oil, Greenwashing & Corporate Corruption

Reasons To Be Hopeful

Here are the main problems with #palmoil and the reasons why instead of supporting the industry you should #Boycottpalmoil #Boycott4Wildlife, read more

#Palmoil – both the so-called “sustainable” kind and the non sustainable kind cause #deforestation #ecocide #animal extinction and human rights abuses, but there are solutions and there is hope #Boycottpalmoil #Boycott4Wildlife

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Palm Oil, Extinction & Animal Cruelty

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Palm Oil & Out of Control Consumerism

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Palm Oil Deforestation, Fires & Ecocide


A 2019 World Health Organisation (WHO) report into the RSPO and palm oil industry finds extensive greenwashing of palm oil deforestation and extinction


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Palm Oil, Human Rights Abuses & Indigenous Land-Grabbing

A 2019 World Health Organisation (WHO) report into the palm oil industry finds extensive greenwashing of human rights abuses, deforestation, air pollution and human health impacts


Palm Oil & Human Health Hazards


A 2019 World Health Organisation (WHO) report into the palm oil industry found that the human health impacts of palm oil are downplayed or greenwashed by the industry


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2021 Research: Outbreaks of vector-borne and zoonotic diseases are linked to changes in forest cover and palm oil global expansion

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Palm Oil, Greenwashing & Corporate Corruption


A 2019 World Health Organisation (WHO) report into the palm oil industry found that the human health impacts of palm oil are downplayed or greenwashed by the industry


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Reasons to be Hopeful

Don’t lose hope. For every shadow there is light shining as well. Here are some solutions

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Hi, I’m Palm Oil Detective’s Editor in Chief. Palm Oil Detectives is partly a consumer website about palm oil in products and partly an online community for writers, artists and musicians to showcase their work and express their love for endangered species. I have a strong voice for creatures great and small threatened by deforestation. With our collective power we can shift the greed of the retail industry and influence big palm oil to stop cutting down forests. Be bold! Be courageous! Join me and stand up for the animals with your art and your supermarket choices!

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