King mentioned that many of the nation’s leading candy makers use responsibly sourced palm oil, such as Malaysian certified sustainable palm oil, for their products. By the end of 2019, Malaysia plans to have 100 percent of its palm oil MSPO certified.
Most American manufacturers prefer Malaysian palm oil because it is grown and produced responsibly. The country has strict standards in place which protect the environment as well as the palm oil industry workers.
“The palm oil industry is a key catalyst to alleviate poverty, ensure no one goes hungry and provide decent work and economic growth,” Keong wrote. The country is continuing its progressive and eco-friendly approach by mandating that all palm oil producers become MSPO certified by the end of 2019.
The debate also touched on palm oil alternatives, such as soy and canola (rapeseed) oil, admitting that they, “come with their own list of problems,” referencing a Guardian article concerning the serious eco-consequences of growing soybeans.
Today’s diners often have higher standards, especially when it comes to the environment. A land-consuming main course with a side of genetically modified vegetable isn’t going to satisfy eco-savvy millennials.