This post was originally published on October 12, 2021 and updated on December 27, 2021.
The old ways of farming and food production are no longer benefiting us. Climate change, hunger and poor nutrition are continuing to plague our world. These issues highlight the need to change the way we eat, and Malaysian certified sustainable palm oil might hold the answers for our dietary future.
Shen Ming Lee’s book, “Hungry for Disruption,” details the direction of food technology and the necessary changes needed to feed our global population. Lee also differentiates the need to feed people versus the need to nourish them.
Lee is from a Malaysian family of oil palm planters, one of many small farming families that make up nearly 40 percent of Malaysia’s oil palm-planted areas. Palm oil production has brought a significant number of Malaysians out of poverty, another piece of the puzzle when solving hunger and malnutrition.
Lee predicts that technological innovations will dramatically accelerate the efficiency of our farms and provide us with novel ways of producing food. As a leader in sustainable palm oil production that helps feed millions around the globe, the Malaysian palm oil industry is already on the forefront of many of these changes including increasing plantation yields without the need for additional land, and developing BlockChain technology to enhance traceability.
In his review of Lee’s book, Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil Advisor M R Chandran declares, “malnutrition is the ‘invisible’ hunger in many parts of the world.” People are not only suffering from a lack of food, they are suffering from a lack of nutrition.
This starvation of nutrients is not just happening in poor communities; this problem exists in communities all around the world. As Chandran points out, “half the world is hungry and the rest may be consuming unhealthy food poor in nutrition.”
So how do we battle this need for nutrition?
We start by intentionally eating natural foods that benefit our health rather than harm us. We consume more foods made with Malaysian certified sustainable palm oil.
But what makes palm oil different from other cooking oils many of us are already using? Palm oil is nutritionally balanced and cholesterol-free, without any harmful trans fats. It is the cooking oil of choice in global food manufacturing.
Vitamin A deficiency is a common cause of blindness in children in many parts of the world. Red palm oil contains pro-vitamin A carotenoids, making it a simple, yet effective way to provide essential nutrients in many countries.
Our global population is growing as our resources are diminishing. The future of food production must succeed both quantitatively and qualitatively. Malaysian certified sustainable palm oil not only helps feed millions of people, it nourishes them. Palm oil is high in antioxidants, is heart healthy and supports the immune system.
Palm oil will continue to be a food staple through the future.
Its nutrient-rich composition survives processing and cooking, making it a valuable resource for nourishment. As the food industry continues to evolve, palm oil is likely to remain an asset.
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