Why we are palm free oil?
The most widely used vegetable oil in the world is palm oil which is produced from the fruits of trees called African oil palms. It’s a globally-traded agricultural commodity that’s used on so many different consumer products. It’s so vital a commodity that 50% of the products you’ll find in a supermarket contain palm oil!
Because of how cheap palm oil can be made, the demand for it has doubled for the last 15 years and is expected to grow even more. Indonesia and Malaysia are the leading producers of palm oil in the world.
Unfortunately, the following disadvantages of palm oil far outweigh its benefits:
Due to the ever-growing demand for palm oil, more and more land is being turned over for production. What’s more alarming is it’s not just agricultural land but more importantly, native rainforests are being burned down — all to provide more area for oil palm trees to grow.
To show how serious this is, there were around 315,000 orangutans back in the 1990s. Today, however, it’s estimated their numbers have been reduced to only about 50,000. Other than the orangutans, other animals like Sumatran tigers and rhinoceros, sun bears, and clouded leopards are all at risk of facing extinction due to loss of habitat.
To keep up with the incredibly high demand for the cheaply produced oil, acres of rainforest are being cut down – leading to a loss of animal habitat for endangered species.
Rainforests are the world’s most significant source of carbon dioxide, and with a lot of them gone to make way for oil palm plantations, a lot of carbon is released into the atmosphere. And since carbon dioxide is considered a primary greenhouse gas, it only worsens yet another issue — The climate change.
The conversion of rainforest into plantations also contributes to climate change, according to the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), as the process releases high amounts of carbon emissions into the air.
In Indonesia where rainforests are razed to make way for industrial palm oil plantations, deforestation is responsible for 80% of the whole country’s CO2 emissions. This also makes Indonesia the third largest emitter of greenhouse gases.
It’s not just the environment that suffers a lot due to unsustainable production of palm oil. It’s not only the endangered animals that are driven away from their homes. The indigenous people who live in these lands also lose their homes and their livelihoods as well.
At MAJOIE, we believe on making positive environmental impact to preserve our planet and educate both our costumers and partners.