Good Palm Oil v Bad Palm Oil
A couple of years ago, I had never heard of palm oil. Buzz words come and go so quickly nowadays that I may have heard of ‘good palm oil’ and ‘bad palm oil’ but taken no notice.
It wasn’t until my eldest daughter was doing a project last year and she talked about sustainable palm oil and how we need to change the way we are farming it. Initially I thought she was being a dramatic teenager and happily listened (without really listening) and looked concerned when I thought it was appropriate. I underestimated her passion and my own – now jumping on the band wagon to push manufacturers towards using sustainable palm oil – good palm oil.
So what is Palm Oil?
Palm Oil is a type of edible vegetable oil derived from palm fruit and it is super versatile. It is used in many of the everyday items found on the supermarket shelf. Palm oil is extremely popular for several reasons: it has excellent cooking properties, it maintains its properties even under high temperatures, its smooth and creamy texture and absence of smell make it a perfect ingredient in many recipes, including baked goods like cookies.
In fact, over 50% of supermarket goods for sale contain palm oil; from margarine and chocolate to donuts and cookies, to even household items like lipstick, shampoo and soap. Around 70% of the world’s cosmetics and household detergents contain raw materials derived from palm oil.
Some of my favourite global companies now understand the need to use good palm oil and only use certified sustainable palm oil in their goods. Check out companies like:
Some facts about Palm Oil: PEOPLE
How do you know if the products you are purchasing use good palm oil or bad palm oil?
As a consumer, we need to know what we are looking for. RSPO (Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil) have been working hard to transform the industry but at this stage on 17% of Palm Oil is from certified sustainable sources.
At RSPO, they believe that achieving 100% certified sustainable palm oil (CSPO) is not only a realistic ambition but a vital one too. The production of ‘bad’ palm oil is rapidly destroying virgin rainforests and ecosystems and causing air pollution to rise and putting many species at risk of extinction. If grown sustainably, ‘good’ palm oil can benefit local communities with fair working conditions and help protect valuable species and forests.
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