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Palm Oil's threat to primates

Joanne Parkinson

14th August 2018

As many African countries plan to venture into the palm oil industry; concerns are raised for the impact on natural habitats and in particular the effect on primate species.

Many large palm oil companies are looking to move into Africa as the global demand for the product is set to increase further. Many areas most suitable for growing the crop are in areas which are habitats for a number of primate species. Environmentalists looking into the impact of palm oil cultivation, have researched alternative oil products, but they all have a lower yield than palm oil so ultimately would cause more deforestation. The solution to the demand has to come from consumers; having an awareness of products that are palm oil free and making the choice to purchase these instead. Sustainable palm oil products are also available.

This news report discusses the issue...

Joanne Parkinson

An experienced, outstanding Geography teacher, GCSE examiner and Head of Humanities in a 11-18 school. I'm passionate about all geographical events and am a keen blogger.

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