Palm Oil Plantations and Deforestation in Guatemala: Certifying Products as ‘Sustainable’ Is No Panacea

July 20, 2023


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Palm Oil Plantations And Deforestation In Guatemala Certifying Products As Sustainable Is No Panacea

Palm oil is one of the world’s most widely-used vegetable oils, but producing palm oil has caused deforestation and biodiversity loss across the globe. A new University of Michigan-led study, published online in the Journal of Environmental Management, analyzes environmental certification programs that label qualifying palm oil sources as “sustainable” and claims from critics that the certification is a greenwashing tool enabling multinational corporations to claim fully sustainable palm oil while continuing to sell products that fall far short of the deforestation-free goal.

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