Many of us are making a more intentional effort to shop local, which often includes community farmers markets. But what if you learned that local family farmers in Malaysia are selling their products on a global scale while still maintaining a small carbon footprint? 

Guest writer Randy Boyer described this exact scenario in her article for The Epoch Times, the fastest growing independent news media in America reaching about 1.7 million people daily. Boyer is co-founder of and The Healthy Shopper. 

In her article, Boyer describes how Malaysia’s oil palm farmers have used sustainable agricultural practices for more than 100 years. 

Surprisingly, Malaysia is the world’s second-largest exporter of palm oil, much of that being produced by farmers working just 5 to 20 acres. That’s a major accomplishment, especially considering that palm oil is considered vital to global food security. 

Malaysian farmers can just buy bigger fields to increase their incomes. Boyer writes, “They must focus on making their crops and land as healthy and efficient as possible … This means optimum use of natural resources and following eco-friendly practices and strict food- and worker-safety standards.” 

She also points out that Malaysians take their stewardship of rainforest wildlife seriously. “It’s illegal to hunt wildlife in Malaysia whereas wildlife hunting is permitted in neighboring countries such as Indonesia.” 

Boyer encourages Epoch Times readers to buy Malaysian certified sustainable palm oil on Amazon, at Walmart or your local Asian grocery store.

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