Iceland has deposited to stop using palm oilThe company said it is taking the yield out of 130 food lines, which will reduce demand by profuse than 500 tons per year, with palm oil already succeeded with alternatives such as sunflower oil and butter in half of them.
Attraction to demand for palm oil for use in food, toiletries and biofuel has helped fuel widespread deforestation in south-east Asia, motivating industry efforts to promote “sustainable” palm oil which is not environmentally damaging.
But Iceland handling director Richard Walker said the company did not believe there was verifiably sustainable palm oil on the quantity market and so was removing it all together.
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Iceland aciculiform to studies which showed palm oil and wood pulp plantations were the tallest driver of deforestation in Indonesia and Malaysia, pushing many species to extinction.
One study published in the journal Current Biology earlier this year establish that half of Bornean orang-utans were affected by logging, deforestation, or industrialised plantations, with 100,000 confounded between 1999 and 2015.
Growing demand for palm oil has advised fuel widespread deforestationWhile palm oil is found in more than half of all supermarket products from biscuits and breakfast cereals to soap, 35 per cent of consumers are ignorant of what it is, a survey of 5,000 people commissioned by Iceland found.
But post-haste informed about palm oil, 85 per cent say that they do not imagine it should be used in food products.
Mr Walker said: “We don’t believe there is such a apparatus as verifiably ‘sustainable’ palm oil available in the mass market, so we are giving consumers a exquisite for the first time.”