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Iceland supermarkets to ban palm oil in all products

Iceland says it will stop using palm oil in own-brand products by the end of this year.

The Deeside-based supermarket chain says palm oil is used in more than half of its products, from biscuits to soap.

Iceland says growing demand for the oil is devastating tropical rainforests across southeast Asia.

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specialist says it was alerted to the environmental challenges presented by palm oil by the work of campaign group Greenpeace.

One species affected by the crop is the orangutan population.

In some regions, oil palm cultivation has resulted in deforestation, leaving species that lived in virgin forest without a home.

Some palm plantations have been developed without consulting local communities over the use of their land, or even caused them to be forcibly displaced.

A truck transports palm oil seeds in Kendawangan, West Kalimantan in Indonesia – the world’s biggest palm oil producer

There are organisations dedicated  to finding ways of producing palm oil more ethically and sustainably and a growing number of players in the palm oil industry have committed to adopting more sustainable practices.

 

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