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  1. Palm Oil Grace Morton RPI EcoEd Research Program Middle School Research Program Spring 2012

  2. Palm Oil

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  4. Palm Oil • Introduction • Palm Oil is in almost EVERYTHING • Palm oil production is a major factor in deforestation in Indonesia • Developing palm oil plantations releases carbon and inhibits its reabsorption • Palm oil consumption is unhealthy

  5. Palm Oil • Stakeholders • Animals • Indigenous Peoples • Plantation Owners • Consumers • Companies • Harvesters and Processers

  6. Palm Oil • Every year over 1,800,000 hectares of forest is burned to make way for palm oil plantations • Palm oil is used in a variety of food products, personal care products, cosmetics and pet foods • Palm oil is extracted from the pulp of the fruit of the oil palm tree.

  7. Palm Oil • Overview of Research • Online sources • Scientific Articles • The EcoEd Group • Smart People (my dad)

  8. Palm Oil • Animals Effected • Orangutans • Tigers • Elephants • Rhinoceros • Leopards • Various small monkeys • Banteng (an Ox)

  9. Palm Oil • Carbon • Indonesia releases more greenhouse gases than any country besides China and the US. • Carbon is usually stored in ‘carbon sinks’ such as the forest • Carbon is released when the forest is burned to make way for palm oil plantations

  10. Palm Oil • Biofuel • Biofuels are used as a substitute for petroleum based fuels • Palm oil can be used to manufacture biofuel • Fortunately, a lot of other materials can be used for the production of biofuels

  11. Palm Oil • Human Health • Palm oil is loaded with polyunsaturated fat • Polyunsaturated fat is a particularly bad type of trans fat

  12. Palm Oil • Solutions • Herakles Farm • Labeling • More Sustainable Oils • Alternative Products

  13. Palm Oil • Solutions • Herakles Farm

  14. Palm Oil • Solutions • Herakles Farm • Labeling

  15. Palm Oil • Solutions • Herakles Farm • Labeling • More Sustainable Oils

  16. Palm Oil • Solutions • Herakles Farm • Labeling • More Sustainable Oils • Alternative Products

  17. Palm Oil - Alternatives

  18. Palm Oil • conclusions