We are in a climate crisis. Unsustainable agricultural practices, including the production of palm oil, exacerbate global warming, destroy ecosystems, and endanger wildlife. They can also cause conflicts over land ownership and erode workers’ rights. However, while unsustainable certified palm oil production can have widespread negative impacts, sustainable production is part of the solution.
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.
Find out below why researchers, conservation organisations, and NGOs think certified palm oil is crucial to achieving a sustainable future.