Palm Oil: Can it be Sustainable?

Palm oil production is often vilified. Almost all of us have seen the Greenpeace video, ‘there’s a Rang-tan in my bedroom’ that shows us the impact that palm oil plantations are having on a lot of the rainforest in Malaysia and Indonesia, pushing animals like the Orangutan closer to extinction and releasing huge amount of stored carbon and methane into the atmosphere as vast swathes of rainforest is cleared and burnt.

In many developing countries it’s becoming an increasingly vital source of income. Palm oil can be grown at a relatively low cost and because of the demand…