Best of 2017: Europe moves to restrict import of unsustainable palm oil

Palm oil cultivation in Malaysia. (© Benjamin Drummond)

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In April, the European Parliament passed a resolution aiming to limit the import of palm oil that has caused deforestation. The Parliament also called for new sustainability criteria for palm oil entering the European market. The Parliament’s report, while not binding, could pave the way for binding legislation in Europe that could reshape the palm oil industry.

Human Nature spoke with Cecile Schneider, a European policy manager at Conservation International (CI), about the report and its ramifications for one of the most widely used commodities in the world.

Find out why this decision is a game-changer for Europe in the original post.

Morgan Lynch is a staff writer for CI. 

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