“That’s why there needs to be serious mitigation to hold back land expansion.”. Traction Asia researchers attribute this gap to the government’s failure to account for the inefficiency of oil palm plantations when setting its biodiesel targets. This biodiesel program was initially created to absorb excess crude palm oil production, but unfortunately it has become a boomerang as the [biodiesel blend] target kept being increased. The total needed to keep the biodiesel program afloat is $250 million. The corporate drivers of deforestation not only have massive influence over how their suppliers produce palm oil, soy, cocoa, pulp, paper, timber and beef, but also over each other. Palm trees grow best in humid, tropical climates, and the trees grown and cut down for palm oil primarily grow in Southeast Asia, Latin America and Africa. Indonesia's lowland tropical forests, the richest in timber resources and biodiversity, are most at risk. They note that, despite Indonesia being the world’s biggest producer of palm oil, its plantations have lower yields than those in Malaysia, the No. Additionally, numerous common label ingredients are derived from palm oil, but it's hard to tell based on the name. Avoiding palm oil entirely is extremely difficult. In tropical areas, however, palm oil contributes to an estimated 5% of tropical deforestation. It is impossible to know if some ingredients are palm oil-derived, other ingredients and products do not disclose their ingredients, and restaurants may cook with palm oil. As the WWF explains, there are two types of palm oil: crude palm oil, which comes from squeezing the fleshy fruit; and palm kernel oil, which comes from crushing the kernel (aka stone) in the center of the fruit. Much of the expansion of palm oil harvesting occurs on land that was previously used for growing crops like coffee or rubber. #plantbased #GoVegan #vganghttps://t.co/8mFzTgv7Bk. 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Dryness? FEEDBACK: Use this form to send a message to the author of this post. Every day, Mongabay reporters bring you news from nature’s frontline. Deforestation for palm oil has led countries to restrict imports of the edible oil, while labour concerns has seen the US block some Malaysian palm oil products. Image by Rhett A. Butler/Mongabay. But to do that, the total planted area of oil palms will have to be at least 22.7 million hectares (56 million acres), according to the new study by the University of Indonesia’s Institute for Economic and Social Research (LPEM UI). As mentioned above, developers often torch and bulldoze areas of biodiverse rainforests to create palm oil plantations. Beef may pose a greater deforestation risk than other commodities such as palm oil and timber thanks to “extremely poor” efforts to trace where cattle are reared, according to a new report. In fact, more than 80 percent of the world's palm oil grows in Malaysia and Indonesia (which are both located in Southeast Asia), according to Gro Intelligence. Deforestation is one of the major sustainability challenges for the agri- and aquaculture sector. But the replanting program has consistently fallen short of its targets. “Unfortunately, the government only focuses on setting the target with no clear road map,” said Traction Asia research manager Ricky Amukti. For decades, palm oil production has been a driver of deforestation in tropical rainforests in countries such as Indonesia and Malaysia. The government is rolling out the program in stages, blending progressively higher concentrations of palm oil-derived biodiesel into conventional diesel. However, despite such widespread perceptions, palm plantations are responsible for only 3% of global deforestation. In 2018, it more than doubled the replanted area, to 33,842 hectares (83,625 acres), but this represented just 18% of its much higher target that year. Palm oil and deforestation Palm plantations are reputed to be a major factor of deforestation. Palm oil has become quite controversial over the past few years, as more and more people have learned about the industry, how it impacts the environment, and how it hurts primates. Mongabay Series: Indonesian Forests, Indonesian Palm Oil. Found in everything from shampoo to donuts, palm oil is now the most common vegetable oil in the world—and also one of the world's leading deforestation drivers. So, new tactics have come into use. By 2000 they have been almost entirely cleared in Sulawesi , and predicted to disappear within few years in … “The biodiesel program needs lands for new oil palm plantations which could lead to massive deforestation,” he said. 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