Packaged foods and cosmetics -- from corn chips and chocolate candy to lipstick and eye-liner -- all contain palm oil. It's almost impossible to avoid. It's also hard to exaggerate the damage from palm-oil production: deforestation, increased global warming, and abuses of human rights. But the palm-oil industry's growing fast — especially to replace trans fats, now being eliminated by the FDA to protect consumers from heart disease. With imports of palm oil having increased by 60% palm oil is here to stay. So, what will it take to mitigate all those destructive trade-offs?
The Dark Side of Going Heart Healthy
Rhett Butler - Mongabay - @mongabay, David Wilcove - Princeton University, Jonathon Porritt - High Carbon Stock Study Steering Committee, Danielle Morley - Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil - @RSPOtweets, Laurel Sutherlin - Rainforest Action Network - @RAN