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How Palm Oil is Killing Wildlife

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Palm Oil is an edible oil derived from the fruit of the oil palm tree. Palm Oil is an extremely popular alternative to other oils due to its low price, long shelf life, lack of trans fat, and versatility. 



Palm oil is used in many products including soap, shampoo, cosmetics, chocolate, detergent, bread, and cookies, just to name a few. Currently, Palm oil plantations cover over 40 million acres of the earth’s surface. Oil palm trees grow best in tropical climates with Indonesia and Malaysia producing 85% of the world’s palm oil. 



What’s the issue?



The demand for palm oil continues to grow placing pressure on palm oil producers to increase their production. In order to do this, vast areas of rainforest must be cleared for palm oil tree plantatio