Did you know that only 19% of palm oil production is certified by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO)?
Palm oil plantations have a devastating impact on the world’s ecosystem: it leads to air, soil and water pollution, soil erosion, as well as climate change.
Large areas of tropical forests and other ecosystems with high conservation values have been cleared to make room for vast monoculture oil palm plantations. This clearing has destroyed critical habitat for many endangered species—including rhinos, elephants, and tigers. Palm oil is in nearly everything – it’s in close to 50% of the packaged products we find in supermarkets, and its production is said to have been responsible for about 8% of the world’s deforestation between 1990 and 2008.