Ultra-processed foods are bad for our health and our planet and must be central to any efforts to reduce our carbon emissions, and waistlines.
Palm oil is used in half the products sold in global supermarkets. Much of the oil comes from Indonesia where it is grown on plantations that are relatively inefficient, but occupy huge areas of land.
In recent years, Indonesia has slashed the rate of deforestation. That’s why this new crackdown on researchers is so surprising.
As a researcher of sustainability transition, I still believe we can create a more sustainable palm oil industry in Indonesia, where millions of small farmers rely on palm oil for their livelihood.
Brazilian President-elect Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva says he will end land clearance in Brazil’s Amazon region. But powerful forces profit from rainforest destruction.
Biofuels are heralded as a climate-friendly replacement of fossil fuels, but encouraging people to drive less and shift to other modes of transport would cut more emissions.
Indonesian government’s interventions in regulating prices and supplies for palm oil and its derivative products were short-lived and have instead created confusion.
Over the past two years, labour restrictions, climate change and violent conflict have contributed to the record-breaking high prices of vegetable oil around the world.
Palm oil is one of the 21st century’s most contentious agricultural commodities, but its relationship with humans goes back thousands of years.
More than 100 world leaders have pledged to end the destruction of forests by 2030 as a way to slow climate change. That will require changing how the world produces four widely used commodities.
In South Sumatra, the 2015-2018 moratorium reduced the rate of peatland conversion by about 24% compared to the 2000s period.
Palm oil is responsible for widespread deforestation and labor abuses, but it’s also cheap and incredibly useful. That’s why many advocates call for reforming the industry, not replacing it.
Green diesel may be intended to reduce emissions but it is not necessarily environmentally and socially sound.
The coconut – an icon of unspoiled tropical idylls – causes more environmental harm than many people realise.
Microalgae taste like grass and are packed with nutrients.
The right strategies, using agrarian or adat justice, can settle conflicts in favour of local people and indigenous peoples.
Researchers found that palm oil plantations up to five years old were more harmful to the climate than already established ones.
Instead of boycotting palm oil, source it from pastureland and not recently logged forests.
Indonesia’s forest fires forensics, Bambang Hero Sahardjo, receives a prestigious award, John Maddox prize, opening hope for scientists to use scientific evidence for law enforcement.
There are studies showing that farmers can have economic benefits from palm oil. However, they can also be impoverished by the commodity.