The media is asking smarter questions about palm oil and how it’s produced. As a result, you have probably seen more stories than ever on TV and in your favorite publications about Malaysian certified sustainable palm oil, which accounts for the vast majority of palm oil found in American products. Now, videos popping up all over the internet that are helping to share the truth about palm oil. No time to watch them all? No worries! This video showcases much of what you need to know about palm oil in 3 minutes, 33 seconds:
- All that oil produced on so little land! Oil palm crops use less than one percent worldwide for palm oil production. That small amount of land produces more than 38 percent of the world’s edible oil.
- Saving the jungles takes money. Malaysia invests hundreds of dollars to ensure that the natural habitat and the oil palm plantations can coexist. The country retains riverine reserves, forested hill areas, and leaves jungle corridors throughout the plantations for wildlife. The country also outlawed deforestation to help preserve animal habitats.
- Oil palms stick around for a while. You may have seen farmlands here in the U.S. that are flat and brown after a harvest. Most food and oil crops are cleared up to twice a year, which leaves no chance for wildlife to remain permanently. That doesn’t happen on Malaysia’s oil palm plantations. These trees produce fruit for up to three decades. This gives the wildlife plenty of time to set up permanent residence.
- Oil palms produce a lot more than other vegetable oils. During those 25 to 30 years, oil palms are capable of producing four metric tons per hectare (or about two and a half acres) per year. That’s up to 10 times more than competitive vegetable oils.
- Talk about recycling! There are more sustainability guidelines in place than just those protecting animal habitats. For example, all parts of the oil palm tree are used or recycled during palm oil production. Even after the palm oil is harvested, an oil palm tree’s fronds, fruit shells and trunks are used as a tropical grass substitute. The trunks are even used for lumber.
As you’ll see in this 3 minute, 33 second video, you can feel great about Malaysian certified sustainable palm oil being in your pantry and on your plate.