One monocrop causing devastation to the world is palm oil. Huge areas of rainforests are cut down and replaced by plantations of oil palm trees.
An area of rainforest the size of the UK was replaced with oil palm between 1990 and 2015. (Source: Greenpeace)
Palm oil is a very versatile oil. It is found in over 60% processed supermarket products. It is found in food, beauty products and cleaning products. Away from the supermarkets, it is used in animal feed and as a biofuel. The amount of palm oil that can be produced from a hectare of land can produce six times as much vegetable oil than a hectare of sunflower oil or rapeseed. It is a wonder ingredient!
But because it’s so cheap and abundant, we’re using more than we need and wasting it without much thought, which is costing us a horrific price that many of us do not appreciate yet!
Photo taken at the Eden Project, Cornwall.