Palm oil is in the news not just in India and Sri Lanka but also in Borneo. Large tracts of forest lands are being burned to clear the land for plantations for palm oil. While that is a matter of serious concern, there is another issue that worsens the problem. These farmers are ‘not only burning the forest, but they’re also destroying the peatlands that lie beneath it - the world’s largest natural terrestrial carbon sink.’
Is there a solution? The answer is simple, humanity is devoting too much land to sustain its hunger for meat. This requires millions of heads of livestock which in turn require large tracts of land to be devoted to cereals. Lower meat consumption would release land for other uses, including edible oils. At a very individual level, therefore consume less edible oil and meat, both for your health and that of the planet.