From heart disease to raised levels of bad cholesterol, a new study finds that haze is not the only public health impact of palm oil, and that the industry's strategies to hide these resembles that of tobacco and alcohol industries.
Accused of being complicit in not only deforestation but also human right abuses in plantations, the European Union, of which France is a member, is keen to combat unsustainable imports, known as a key driver to deforestation.
Officials say they lacked the funds to restore lands abandoned by mining, logging, and destructive agriculture, even though the target to restore land the size of the United Kingdom by 2030 was downgraded to an area the size of England.
Zafirah Zein –
Decades after the end of colonialism, Western domination in the areas of sustainable development and environmental protection threaten to undermine our efforts towards a more equal, sustainable future.
Bernard Tan –
The reasons for forest fires are numerous and complex. With hotter and drier temperatures becoming the new normal in parts of the world, the solution is to work with companies, not against them, writes Sinar Mas’ Bernard Tan.
Gernot Klepper –
The proclaimed aim of the EU's palm oil ban is to halt deforestation, but by refusing to honour producers that have switched to sustainable agricultural practices, the EU risks doing more harm than good, argues Prof Gernot Klepper.
Robin Hicks –
The ad, which was made by Greenpeace and rebadged by Iceland, was blocked from airing on television by the UK's ad watchdog because it broke rules on political advertising. Iceland says it is not anti-palm oil, 'we are anti-deforestation.'
Robin Hicks –
Indonesia has made significant progress in fighting the fires caused by slash-and-burn forestry that choke Southeast Asia annually with toxic air pollution. Eco-Business spoke to the chair of Indonesia's Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM) about what it will take to put the fires out permanently.