Malaysia is a trusted supplier of sustainable palm oil.
Much of the palm oil used in the United States comes from this tropical county. Malaysia’s government system strictly regulates the industry to ensure its continued success. In fact, the Malaysian palm industry has been credited with reducing poverty and unemployment while contributing to Malaysia’s healthy environment.
Malaysia was the first country to produce sustainable oil. And now the country is strengthening its sustainability commitment with its nationwide Malaysian Sustainable Palm Oil (MSPO) certification program. By the end of 2019, Malaysia plans to have 100 percent of its palm oil MSPO certified.
Palm oil production puts less stress on the environment than other edible oils
During the 20th century, the Earth’s population ballooned from 1.6 billion to more than six billion. We’re now at more than seven billion. To provide enough nutritious food for each person without putting undue stress on the environment, experts suggest turning to high-yield and sustainably produced crops such as Malaysian palm oil. Oil palm plantations – palm oil is derived from the fruit of the Elaeis guineensis (oil palm) tree – produce significantly more oil than annual crops, such as corn, soybean and canola.
A single acre of oil palm produces 11 times more oil than soybeans, and 10 times more than sunflower. Of the major oil crops, oil palm occupies the least land, but produces the most oil. Research is also underway to improve this astonishing yield, enabling Malaysia to increase production without stressing the environment. Plus, being a perennial tree crop, the supply of palm oil is reliable, and not as easily affected by weather and other agricultural issues.