Getting Real about Palm Oil | Jonathon Porritt
A Jonathon Porritt piece from last year, discussing various initiatives to try to get Palm oil into some sort of organised collaborative state before all of Asia’s forests have been completely destroyed for Palm oil production.
“Suffice it to say, however, that such a convergence is unlikely to have some kind of absolutist ‘zero definition’ at its heart. It’s entirely correct that much of the projected growth in oil palm development does not require any deforestation at all – there’s a lot of degraded and scrubby land (particularly in Indonesia) that has to be the top priority for new planting. And much can be done by helping smallholders to increase their yields – often less than 50% of what can be achieved on the most efficient plantations.”