IS IT SMART TO BAN PALM OIL?

To actively avoid or ban the use of sustainably produced palm oil in our food supply would damage an industry that now actively supports environmental protection. It would likely negatively impact the health of our planet and its people.

Consider the environmental and human costs of not using palm oil

  • What is being used instead of palm oil? Oil palms require about 1/10th the amount of land to produce the same amount of oil than the far less efficient soy or canola crops.

The chart below shows the extra forest that would need to be cleared if palm oil were totally banned for food use

Crop Yield/ha Extra forest needed to be cleared to fill palm oil shortfall (m ha)
Soy 0.41 153.2
Rapeseed/Canola 0.74 84.9
Sunflower 0.61 103.0

 

Plus, palm oil is non-GMO. The same can’t be said for soy or corn oils.

  • What happens to the family farmers supported by sustainable palm oil production? Palm certification is about more than protecting the forests and wildlife. It is about providing a living wage for the more than million people employed by this industry including the family farmers (smallholders).
  • Would we sacrifice an affordable source for nutrition? Sustainable palm oil is cost effective, competitively priced, naturally trans-fat free and a rich source of pro-vitamin A, a nutrient associated with helping to reduce childhood blindness around the world. Numerous clinical studies have also determined that palm oil nutrients, specifically vitamin E tocotrienols, support heart and brain health.

To actively avoid or ban the use of sustainably produced palm oil in our food supply would damage an industry that now actively supports environmental protection. It would likely negatively impact the health of our planet and its people.

Consider the environmental and human costs of not using palm oil

  • What is being used instead of palm oil? Oil palms require about 1/10th the amount of land to produce the same amount of oil than the far less efficient soy or canola crops.
The chart below shows the extra forest that would need to be cleared if palm oil were totally banned for food use

Crop Yield/ha Extra forest needed to be cleared to fill palm oil shortfall (m ha)
Soy 0.41 153.2
Rapeseed/
Canola
0.74 84.9
Sunflower 0.61 103.0

 

Plus, palm oil is non-GMO. The same can’t be said for soy or corn oils.

  • What happens to the family farmers supported by sustainable palm oil production? Palm certification is about more than protecting the forests and wildlife. It is about providing a living wage for the more than million people employed by this industry including the family farmers (smallholders).
  • Would we sacrifice an affordable source for nutrition? Sustainable palm oil is cost effective, competitively priced, naturally trans-fat free and a rich source of pro-vitamin A, a nutrient associated with helping to reduce childhood blindness around the world. Numerous clinical studies have also determined that palm oil nutrients, specifically vitamin E tocotrienols, support heart and brain health.