The Battle Continues [2]

The Battle Continues [2]
The problem with this argument is that it is completely untrue. Again CSPI is deceiving the public. These countries have environmental and conservation laws in place now that protect endangered species and strictly limit clearing of jungle land. In Malaysia, for instance, the vast majority of the land used for palm cultivation over the last 20 years has come from preexisting rubber, cocoa, and coconut farms, or from logged-over forests in areas zoned for agriculture. Areas with endangered species are strictly off limits.

Over the past century, forests have obviously been cleared to make way for cultivation and economic growth. This has been necessary to meet the demands from a growing population. Every country in the world has done the same thing! To focus on one or two countries and criticize them for doing this demonstrates extreme prejudice and lack of compassion. Many people in these countries are impoverished. Malnutrition and unemployment are high. To tell them they do not have the right to cultivate their own land so they can feed and cloth their people is absurd.

Malaysia is the world's primary palm oil produces, yet less than 19 percent of the country's total landmass is currently used for cultivation for various agriculture crops, including oil palm. This is small in comparison to the amount of land used in the United States and Europe.

Palm oil cultivation is more environmentally friendly than any other seed oil crop in the world. It uses only a fraction of the land area required by other oil crops, thus preserving forests and protecting the environment. Acre for acre, oil palm far out produces all other vegetable oil crops. For example, soybeans require 13 acres of land to produce the same amount of oil that palm can produce on just 1 acre. Corn requires 35 acres for the same amount. In view of land usage then, which does more harm?

The land that is used for palm cultivation is utilized to the fullest with the least harmful effect on the environment. Wildlife is allowed to roam in and out of the farms unhindered. You don't see this on farms that grow soybeans, corn, or peanuts. Large animals would trample or eat the crops, so extensive fencing is required, further damaging the natural habitat. Soybeans require vast acreages of fenced off land. In addition, thousands of tons of pesticides are sprayed on soybean and other oil crops, causing untold damage to the environment, not to mention your health. Palm plantations generally do not use pesticides. So who is the more environmentally responsible? The answer is obvious.

Palm oil is not only produced under environmentally friendly conditions but it is also one of the healthiest oils you can eat. Replacing other oils in your diet with palm oil will help save the planet and your life.

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