April 17th, 2012 | Food Facts, Food Security, Our Food, biological desert, Borneo, Burger King, deforestation, edible oil, environmental, Gillette, Indonesia, landgrab, McCain, monoculture, oil, palm, palm oil, peatlands, plantation, rainforest, war
Borneo is the third largest island in the world, and forty years ago it was covered with dense rainforest. As you read this, loggers in the Borneo rainforest are chopping down the trees, acre by acre. They will burn the wood, which will release huge quantities of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. Then they will plant a palm oil plantation, use the fruit and kernels to make oil, and sell it to massive corporations who will use it in every commercial product imaginable, from washing powder, to chocolate, to soap. It sounds like a straightforward commercial enterprise. So what’s so ‘dirty’ about palm oil?