Why Sustainable Palm Oil?

We are in a climate crisis. Unsustainable agricultural production of various crops practices can exacerbate climate change, destroy ecosystems, and endanger wildlife. They can also cause conflicts over land ownership and erode workers’ rights. However, while unsustainable production can have widespread negative impacts, sustainable production is part of the solution. A good example of that is Sustainable produced palm oil that can indeed be part of the solution! 

Palm oil is an incredible productive crop with yield per hectare topping any other vegetable oil. Research shows that when palm oil is produced sustainably, with zero deforestation, the plantations can be a positive element in the local agroecological system, even attracting wildlife. The environment, workers’ rights, and the land rights of local people are all protected and livelihoods improved.

Below we have set out the main reasoning why researchers, conservation organisations, and NGOs are convinced it is better to choose sustainable palm oil rather than ban palm oil products.

Sustainably Produced Palm Oil Helps to Protect the Environment

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.

HUTAN-Dzulirwan Takasi @ Jolirwan2

Sustainably Produced Palm Oil Creates Robust Livelihoods

Growing oil palms and harvesting their fruits provides a major source of income for 3-4 million smallholder farmers who depend partly or solely on palm oil for their livelihoods.

H. Misdan, Community Leader

Sustainable Palm Oil Producers Implement Decent Living Wages

The palm oil industry is the first sector in global agricultural production to have a certification scheme that fully requires the implementation of a Decent Living Wage (DLW).

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Buying Sustainable Palm Oil Drives Industry Transformation

According to data generated by the European Palm Oil Alliance and the Initiative Sustainable Trade, 86 % of palm oil used in Europe is now RSPO certified sustainable.

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