Miracle material or danger?


Ecology, Nature & Garden

Frank Nierula

Frauke Fischer


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208 pages

We need fats and oils to keep our economy running smoothly. The industry found its favourite long ago: palm oil has for years been the most-traded vegetable oil on the world market. It is available in large quantities, it keeps well and it is cheap to produce. However, the impact of its production is dramatic: the destruction of tropical rainforests to make way for huge oil palm plantations seems inexorable, as demand is constantly increasing. So is the only option to abandon the palm oil industry? It’s not that simple, as many of the alternatives are just as harmful to people and the environment.

If you want to know how, where and in what quantities palm oil is extracted, how the industry works, where you might encounter palm oil and how you can usefully reduce your own palm oil consumption, you will find all the information you need in this book.

Frank Nierula

The biologist FRANK NIERULA completed his biology degree with a study on the consequences of and background to industrial oil palm cultivation in South-East Asia. Since then, he has been examining the issue of how consumers can help to improve the situation.

Frauke Fischer

FRAUKE FISCHER has a PhD in biology and founded the agency »auf!«, which advises companies on engaging with sustainability, climate protection and the preservation of biodiversity.
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