The shocking, real cost of a weekly supermarket shop
PALM oil is found in half of all supermarket products, from pizza and margarine to moisturiser and makeup.
More than 3.5 million hectares of Indonesian and Malaysian forest have been destroyed in the past 20 years.
In that time, almost 80% of orangutans’ habitat has disappeared, meaning more than 6,000 creatures die each year because of unsustainable palm oil production.
Some of the world’s biggest brands are among the worst offenders.
However, the hysteria fails to account for sustainable production used by companies such as Unilever.
When produced sustainably, palm oil can be eco-friendly as it takes up less space than other alternatives. On the same area of land,it produces twice as much oil as coconut and more than 30 times as much as maize.
Charities say a boycott of palm oil would increase demand for less efficient oils and that instead we should work towards sustainable
production in the future.