"Palm oil is everywhere today: in food, soap, lipstick, even newspaper ink.
It’s been called the world’s most hated crop because of its association with
deforestation in Southeast Asia. But despite boycott campaigns, the world uses
more palm oil than any other vegetable oil – over 73 million tons in 2020.
That’s because palm oil is cheap. The plant that makes it, the African oil
palm, can produce up to 10 times more oil per hectare than soybeans.
But as my new book on palm oil’s history shows, this controversial commodity
hasn’t always been cheap. It became that way thanks to legacies of colonialism
and exploitation that still shape today’s industry and that make it challenging
to shift palm oil onto a more sustainable path."
*** Xanni ***
Chief Scientist, Xanadu
Partner, Glass Wings
Manager, Serious Cybernetics