Palm oil is important for meeting the globally rising demand for food and there is increasing evidence that, when it is produced sustainably, palm oil is also contributing to preserving ecosystems.
Replacing oil palms with other vegetable oil crops would increase demand for land and further jeopardize biodiversity and increase greenhouse gas emissions.
Infographic by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).
There is increasing evidence that sustainably produced palm oil can help to preserve global forests. Forty-seven of the world’s leading conservation organisations, including Chester Zoo, actively support and promote the transformation of the palm oil industry to make it fully sustainable.
There have been controversial discussions about how much of the deforestation in Indonesia, the world’s largest palm oil producer, is caused by palm oil production. Recent studies revealed new insights about drivers of deforestation during the past two decades. Read here about what causes deforestation in Indonesia.