Malaysian oil palm plantations are home to many different species of animals, from birds and reptiles to wild pigs and monkeys. This is just one of the environmental benefits of this nutritious and natural oil. This video explains why producing palm oil is good for our planet, and how Malaysia’s responsible agricultural practices help create balanced ecosystems while safely feeding the world.
Oil palm plantations produce more oil with less land
Despite using less than 1 percent of the world’s cultivated land, oil palm plantations produce massive amounts of natural, vitamin-packed oil, up to
38 percent of the world’s edible oil supply. Oil palm trees are prolific. These tropical treasures produce giant fresh fruit bunches – each bunch weighs between 20 and 50 pounds and contains up to 3,000 fruitlets – year-round. By comparison, it takes 11 times more land to produce the same amount of soybean oil and 7 times more land to produce the same amount of canola oil.
Oil palm plantations provide a stable habitat for native wildlife
Malaysian oil palm trees grow for 25 to 30 years before needing to be replaced. The lush perennial plantations become home to a wide assortment of animals such as collared kingfishers, long-tailed macaques, green-crested lizards and wild pigs. Because fields which produce annual oilseed crops such as soybean, canola and sunflower need to be cleared up to twice a year, stable ecosystems are not possible.
Malaysia is dedicated to responsible oil palm cultivation
This progressive country cares about its people, wildlife and land. The Malaysian palm oil industry has implemented a code of responsible practice guidelines to help ensure that palm oil production supports a healthy ecosystem. In Malaysia, palm oil is grown and produced using sustainable agricultural practices, often by independent family farmers. This is just one of the reasons why natural, non-GMO and sustainably produced Malaysian palm oil has become the preferred oil by American companies.