DEBATE ENSUES OVER BRITISH SUPERMARKET CHAIN’S DECISION TO BAN PALM OIL
Following a vote by the European Parliament to ban palm oil in European biofuels, British supermarket chain Iceland Foods decided to exclude palm oil from its store brand products. While some applauded this action and considered it a bold stance against deforestation and land grabbing, some scientists and conservationists expressed concern about the decision's environmental impacts. Researchers from the University of Kent note that palm oil has a much higher yield per acre compared to alternative vegetable oils, meaning avoiding palm oil would drive environmental problems in other contexts. These researchers advocate for sustainably-sourced solutions, a strategy Iceland Foods dismissed because they claim that available sustainable palm oil markets are not at a feasible scale. For the full story, see: https://news.mongabay.com/2018/05/debate-ensues-over-british-supermarket-chains-decision-to-ban-palm-oil/.