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Palm oil harvesting ravages Indonesian forests, endangers wildlife and unsettles cultures

September 30, 2014 Leave a comment Go to comments

A Mental Ecosystem

Agriculture plays a massive role in today’s global economy. It’s easy to not realize that your salad’s fresh tomatoes are likely flown in from the Netherlands, its asparagus is picked by a Peruvian farmer, and the dressing has palm oil harvested in Indonesia. Our complicity in an agricultural system that ships food products across the world via air, land and sea becomes a political decision, one that impacts the environment on a global scale. And palm oil, a popular ingredient in nearly 75 percent of food products, has one of the largest environmentally destructive effects of any wide-spread food products.

It’s estimated that 50 percent of supermarket or drug store products contain palm oil, with China and India being the top consumers of the resource. Besides being a common ingredient in processed foods, palm oil, also known as vegetable oil, is easily found in household cleaning supplies, bio-fuel, body washes…

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