The shock­ing, real cost of a weekly su­per­mar­ket shop

Daily Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - NEWS -

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.

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