Worldwide alternative medicine expert, clinician, media personality and philanthropist Dr. Bryce Wylde recently traveled to Malaysian to study the effects of the country’s palm oil industry on the local rainforest and wildlife. In this video report, he addresses some of the most pervasive environmental myths and describes the many steps being taken by the Malaysian palm oil industry to protect endangered species and their habitats.

The Malaysian palm oil industry is highly regulated, adhering to more than 15 laws and regulations. It’s the largest producer of Certified Sustainable Palm Oil (CSPO), responsible for more than 50 percent of total CSPO production and will likely remain so.

Wylde points out that palm oil is the highest yielding oil-bearing crop. If this crop was replaced by a lower-yielding one, such as rapeseed or sunflower, it “would lead to expanded environmental degradation, deforestation and further endangerment of animals because of these lower yields,” he explains.

The Malaysian Palm Oil Council also actively supports conserving the country’s rare wildlife, donating a total of 100 million ringgit each year to research and promotional efforts for the environment and animals.

Although many species flourish in and adapt to the plantations’ ecosystems, one of these initiatives includes a wildlife rescue unit. Wylde describes it as “fully operational. [It] employs many researchers, doctors and scientists committed to wildlife preservation, healthcare and animal translocation out of the plantations and back into their natural habitats.”

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