The Palm Oil Phenomenon: An International Opportunity
Producing palm oil sustainably requires nations to learn from each other’s best practices. Erin Pischke explores impacts of the cash crop in her guest blog.
Have you eaten a candy bar recently? Or washed your hands with a bar of soap? Maybe you took a prescription drug or put non-dairy creamer in your coffee. If so, chances are you touched palm oil, which is a common ingredient in everyday products.
While palm oil is consumed around the world, oil palm trees, which produce a fruit that is cultivated as a source of oil, are grown only in tropical countries like Indonesia and Brazil. Indonesia’s and Malaysia’s production combined account for approximately 80 percent of global palm oil production. However, the area for oil palm tree plantation expansion in these countries is limited. Because of its tropical, humid climate and extensive land area, Latin America is a major new frontier for oil palm expansion, with countries such as Mexico and Peru exhibiting growth in the area of oil palm cultivation.
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