Not everyone may be aware of the disastrous impact of the extreme use of Palm Oil. Just because this doesn’t concern biogas or biomass gasification in South Africa, it’s a big deal to the future we all are going to be part of.Palm Oil is used in over 50% of all consumer products, that includes cosmetics, foods, biofuels and and lotions. The problem with it’s wide use is that demand for a wide variety of products impact collectively on the demand for Palm Oil. The extent of which has increased imports of the oil into the U.S by 485% over the past decade. In order to supply this quantity, cultivation has moved into rain forests casing mass destruction of these forests and the consequential damages that come with such a travesty.
With such a booming sector, the issue of sustainability and responsibly is always a natural occurrence and such is the case with Palm Oil. The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) was gathered into to combat these problems, and it seems as though the major companies are taking an interest into correct and responsible cultivation techniques, however not quite enough.
The WWF therefore launched a scorecard by which the major uses of this oil will be ranked in terms of compliance. 78 manufacturers and 52 retailers have been included in this ranking system.
It’s great to see such positive moves being made into these clearly serious issues!
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