Surely you've heard of palm oil? But what exactly is it and why is it so bad to buy products that contain palm oil?
Palm oil is obtained either from the flesh of the fruit or from the kernel of the fruit of the oil palm. The oil palm is an efficient plant that is three times as productive as rapeseed and requires only one-sixth of the area under soya for the same yield...
Palm oil is therefore now the most widely produced vegetable oil in the world. The problems of palm oil arise when Where, How, and How much it is grown: Due to the high demand more and more space is needed for the oil palm, which is why Indonesia is now the country with the fastest progressing forest destruction. The mostly illegal deforestation causes enormous CO2 emissions, especially due to the drainage of the abundant peat in Indonesia. This stores an incredible amount of carbon, which it releases into the atmosphere when it is drained. One ton of palm oil is responsible for about 33 tons of CO2 emissions.
In addition to enormous environmental pollution, the cultivation of palm oil also causes great problems for people and animals: small farmers are driven from their property by the big industry and thus no longer have the basis to feed themselves and their families. Forecasts indicate that the orangutan could be extinct in 10-20 years if we grow palm oil at the same rate in the future as we do today.
With 68% of the world's palm oil harvested flowing into the food industry, it is important to look for palm oil-free alternatives to popular products such as nut nougat creams and chocolate bars:
With NAVOCO you can be guaranteed to get e.g. palm oil free nut nougat spread like the Nocciolata from Rigoni di Asiago. However, a large part of palm oil is also used for cosmetic products such as shower gels or soaps. If no palm oil-free alternative can be found, please make sure that the products are certified organic or natural.