Report: Palm Oil Drives Deforestation

A new report, “Greasy palms — palm oil, the environment and big business,” details how:

The international trade in palm oil is a key driver of rainforest destruction and a cause of human rights abuses on a massive scale.

As Reuters reports:

Indonesia has a total forest area of more than 225 million acres (91 million hectares), or about 10 percent of the world’s remaining tropical forest. But the tropical Southeast Asian country — whose forests are a treasure trove of plant and animal species including the endangered orangutans — has already lost an estimated 72 percent of its original frontier forest.


The report details the problem and offers some solutions.