Deforestation to Produce Palm Oil:  

- Palm oil is used in over half the snacks and cosmetics on our shelves and as a biofuel in many countries 

- Producing palm oil is the fastest growing driver of deforestation.  Deforestation is responsible for 10% to 15% of global greenhouse gas emissions, more than the combined emissions of cars, trucks, trains and buses in the world each year.  

- Palm oil production is a major cause of displacement for forest-dwelling indigenous communities across the tropics.  These marginalized people in the global South are subjected to coercive takeovers of their lands, well-documented labor abuses, and far-reaching impacts on their cultures and livelihoods.    


Burning Food as Biofuel: 

- The recent global recession greatly increased hunger around the world.  A United Nations study concluded that the quantity of food was not the cause - the price of food and political instability were.  

- Volatile fuel prices and the increased demand for biofuels are among the biggest factors.  They led to soaring food prices in 2008 (as much as 24% higher than 2007), causing riots in more than 30 countries.

- Growing biofuels, the increased emissions from land-use changes are likely to offset or even exceed the greenhouse gas savings anticipated by replacing fossil fuels with biofuels, and water, soil and biodiversity impacts are also a concern. 

Eating For a Healthy Planet 2016