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Brought this article by @hillaryrosner in @NatGeoMag w/ me to Surat Thani, Thailand as I pondered this quote: “Palm oil is unavoidable. Can it be sustainable?” Agree? Read. Ponder & Follow this thread for more…

The link: on.natgeo.com/2E8fwW8

#SDGs #Sustainability #PalmOil
In case you ever wondered where #palmoil comes from. Have a look at the #palm oil fruit here. From my visit to Surat Thani, Thailand to learn more about #sustainability in this industry. Read more here via @hillaryrosner on.natgeo.com/2E8fwW8
DYK: The oil palm tree—Elaeis guineensis—is not native to Asia but comes from West & central Africa. At the heart of the “sustainable #palmoil” debate though are #Indonesia & #Malaysia, which account for 85% of all production. 📷: young #palm in Thailand
The good, the bad, the ugly?—of palm oil. “Oil palms yield more oil per acre than do other crops. But soaring demand for the most popular vegetable oil has led to extensive deforestation & loss of wildlife in #Indonesia & #Malaysia, the biggest producers.“ ~@hillaryrosner
DYK: Palm oil is the world’s most popular #vegetableoil, accounting for 1/3 of global consumption, with India using 17% of global total followed by Indonesia, EU and China. US ranks 8th. Ht @hillaryrosner

📷: checking out the oil palm fruit at a plant in southern Thailand
#PalmOil: it’s kind of everywhere….

DYK: “It’s in all manner of supermarket items: cookies, pizza dough, bread, lipstick, lotion, soap. It’s even in supposedly eco-friendly #biodiesel: In 2017, 51% of the European Union’s palm oil consumption was to power cars & trucks.”
So how does the palm oil fruit (flesh & kernel) shown here in my hands end up in your food, soap or engine. Read this 👉
nationalgeographic.com/magazine/2018/… & check out the next Tweet via @NatGeoMag & @hillaryrosner
You’ve seen my Tweets thread ↕️!) Now check out via @NatGeoMag here how one goes about processing palm.
A special thank you to my hosts for my <48 hours visit to a #palmoil plantation/facility, as I & others seek to better understand the benefits—& challenges—of certification via the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO). on.natgeo.com/2E8fwW8 #SustainableAg @RSPOtweets #SDGs
And as for how I quickly & reasonably get around ASEAN / Asia to better see sustainable developments…, thank you @AirAsia. 📷: scenes from my latest trip to #SuratThani, Thailand. #goodeats #martabak #roti & Air Asia Pak Nasser’s #nasilemak | @tonyfernandes, see you soon!
Thread. “Palm oil is unavoidable. Can it be sustainable?” Some photos from & a link to @NatGeoMag on “the other oil crisis”—the production of #PalmOil in #Indonesia & #Malaysia. And, what of #Africa?… Have a read. #WeekendReading #sustainability #SDGs
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