The truth behind palm oil
6H has been learning about palm oil
What 6H has been learning
The truth behind palm oil
Palm oil comes from a red-orange fruit that is grown in parts of Malaysia, Singapore, Africa and Indonesia. Indonesia is the biggest producer of palm oil, producing 90% of the world’s palm oil. It is believed that 33% of products in the supermarket contain the substance that may or may not be sustainable. It is highly possible it could be in your food, snacks and cosmetics. Palm oil is known to have positive effects towards the health of your body and contributes to the wages of Indonesian people and other smallholder's of palm oil producing countries and their economy. Deforestation is a disturbing reality behind the production of palm oil which is contributing to the loss of habitats of animal species. Palm oil production contributes to a wide range of environmental issues especially global warming. Palm oil is positive yet negative; we should produce palm oil without destroying animal’s habitats or effecting the environment by convincing big companies to buy sustainable palm oil.
Palm oil is a substance that comes from palm trees that produces red and orange fruit called palm fruit. Oil palm plantations are grown in Indonesia, Cameroon and Nigeria. The weather conditions are warm and damp because these countries are close to the equator making them good for the production of palm oil. There are two different types of Palm oil called palm kernel oil which is yellow and red palm oil that comes from the fruit. Palm oil is included in most products; those products are shampoo, toothpaste, soap, petrol, instant noodles, lipstick and much more.
A fraction of Indonesia, Malaysia and parts of Africa produce a wondrous substance called Palm oil, but there's dark side behind it all! These countries have destroyed a majority of their forest and animal habitats to make room for mass production of Palm oil plantation. In fact Indonesia has become one of the top ten biggest contributors of deforestation. De-forestation occurs when forest are burn down to make space for Palm oil plantations. The destruction of forest has burned down over 22600 hectares of land and killed more than 30,000 animals living in their habitats. One species of animal that was affected by forest destruction was the Sumatran tigers. There are less than 400 wild Sumatran tigers living in Indonesia. The orang-utans have also been harshly affected, the numbers have dropped remarkably. There are other species of animals that have suffered from habit loss and pollution from carbon release.
Palm oil production contributes to global warming because of the destruction of forests. Global warming is caused when carbon dioxide is released into the atmosphere in immense amount because of the incineration of land and forests to make way for Palm oil plantations. Although most of the forest fires are to make way for palm oil plantations, some are not. Peat is made when forests break down and make a moist dirt or compost. When forests are removed the peat becomes dry because of the removal of the forest canopy leading to unintentional fires. A single spark from a cigarette tossed out of a car window could burn down hectares of land releasing harmful carbon, gradually increasing the warmth and pollution of our planet.
We need to accept that palm oil is a part of our daily lives. Everyone consumes palm oil and it is in almost every product. As we use it daily we must consider sustainable palm oil by becoming savvy shoppers. Unsustainable palm oil production is definitely a big contributor of environmental impacts leading to global warming and deforestation. As consumers of palm oil we urge you to buy sustainable palm oil so palm oil industries stop destroying forests and animal’s habitats. It is vital that all the palm oil being produced is sustainable or else soon we will be saying farewell to a clean world and goodbye to many of our suffering animal species.