In the U.S., most Americans commonly use vegetable or olive oil when cooking. While we don’t often hear about palm oil, it’s in many of the products that we buy at the grocery store, including everything from food to personal care products. And abroad, palm oil is widely used in cooking and frying. Last year, global consumption reached 72 million tons. However, this ingredient is not being produced sustainably and has led to widespread deforestation in Southeast Asian countries. What’s being done to curb the palm oil crisis?
- Jocelyn Zuckerman, journalist, author, Planet Palm: How Palm Oil Ended Up In Everything and Endangered the World.
- Dr. Patricio Grassini, associate professor, agronomy & horticulture, University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Links for more information:
- WWF: 8 Things To Know About Palm Oil.
- Nebraska Today: Husker research shows palm oil production can grow while protecting ecosystems.