Calen May-Tobin, M.S.,
Tropical Forests & Climate Initaitive
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"I was wondering if all palm oil contributes to deforestation or if it’s possible to produce it in a more environmentally sustainable way?"—A. Hansen, Asbury, NJ
The short answer is no, not all palm oil contributes to deforestation, and yes, it can be produced sustainably. Palm oil, which comes from the fruit of oil palm trees, is a great crop for a number of reasons. But, as you point out, too often the land used for palm oil trees comes at the expense of tropical forests, and cutting down intact forests is incredibly destructive. Fortunately, there are ways to produce more palm oil without harming forests. READ MORE
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