If you read the food label you have in your kitchen you will see that many of them carry palm oil among its ingredients. But how much does it cost the planet to produce that oil?
Thousands of tropical forest trees are cut down each year to make way for palm plantations. It is estimated that in 15 years 95% of the forests of Indonesia and Malaysia, which are one of the lungs of our planet, will have disappeared.
Indiscriminate logging not only affects the forest ecosystem of the forests, but also the animals that live and feed on these trees. Due to the extermination of their habitat, orangutans that formerly lived in the forests, are now easily hunted and sold on the black market.
The cultivation of the African palm requires very large extensions, and for this reason they have not hesitated to displace thousands of inhabitants of the zones of forest. In Colombia it is estimated that 20,000 people were stripped of their land and their homes by the junk food industry.
Where the palm is planted, nothing else grows, and subsistence crops such as cacao, bananas, and others disappear, affecting communities in these regions. The palm plant, despite having a high productivity per square hectare, is threatened by numerous pests that can wipe out the entire production. Palm farmers can use up to 25 kinds of pesticides that protect the plant, but they poison the ecosystem.
For oil companies it is cheaper to clean forests with massive burns. It is estimated that the Indonesian fire of 2015 razed every hour an area equivalent to 300 football fields. These fires cause highly polluting fumes that intoxicate the air, favor the greenhouse effect and cause disease.
We leave you a sample of some of the foods that contain this oil:
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