The future of the palm oil industry—and the region's forests—depends on how millions of smallholders manage their land. Eco-Business interviewed farmers in Thailand and Malaysia to understand what sustainable agriculture means to them.
A much criticised industry, palm oil is linked to all manner of environmental and social ills, from deforestation to human rights abuses. Can the industry behind the world’s most consumed edible oil ever be completely sustainable?
Versatile, cheap, and useful, palm oil is the most widely used vegetable oil in the world. But it has also caused deforestation and community conflict in the tropical countries where it is cultivated. A better way is possible – Eco-Business explores the rise of sustainable palm oil.