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Briefly About Palm Oil

In the last thirty years, palm oil, which is extracted from the fruit of the oil palms, has become one of the most extensively used plant derivates.

Today, palm oil is present in a wide range of products, starting from food, detergents, decorative cosmetics, toiletries, candles, livestock and pets feed, to the technical lubricants. Palm oil is also used for the production of agrofuels that, despite their name,cause damage to our environment.

Intensive oil palm cultivation is one of the key driving factors of destruction of tropical rainforests in Southeast Asia, Africa, and South America, and thus contributes to the destruction of the environment of local people, plants, and animals.


 
Along with the rainforests, unique communities of microorganisms, plants, and rainforest animals are disappearing forever

 
Deforestation bares the soil, disrupts its natural structure, negatively affects its functions and makes it more susceptible to being washed away by rains

 
 
The establishment of plantations is preceded by extensive fires that spread choking smoke for months even in distant surroundings and contribute to climate change

 
Intensive cultivation of oil palm goes hand in hand with the copious use of fertilizers and pesticides that poison not only the land but also rivers and groundwater

 
All this is accompanied by the corruption of high-ranking officials and illegal practices of palm oil corporations

 
Current intensive production of palm oil is not only environmentally unfriendly and exploitative to local people but also unsustainable

 
 
Environmentally friendly plantations cannot meet the ever-increasing global demand for palm oil that is, moreover, for health and environmental reasons grossly redundant

 
 
 
Excessive consumption of palm oil has negative effects on our health, since it is promoting immune disorders, heart, and vascular problems. During its industrial refinement, many substances causing cancer and genetic damage are produced in it.

 

The Green desert movie

An ordinary European has never been so much responsible for deforestation in tropics as s/he is today. Why is that so? The answer is given by the documentary of Michael Galik who takes us to the other end of the planet - on the tropical island of Borneo. The film reveals startling secrets hidden behind the widespread palm oil industry.

 

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