Challenges due to Palm Oil
There has been much controversy with palm oil due to the deforestation of some of the world’s most biodiverse forests. Indonesia is being deforested faster than any other country. Large areas of tropical forests and other ecosystems with high conservation values have been cleared to make room for palm oil plantations. This forest loss coupled with conversion of carbon rich peat soils are throwing out millions of tons of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere contributing to climate change. There also remains some exploitation of workers and child labor. These are serious issues the palm oil sector has been addressing. RSPO, or Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil is an established and well renowned organization which has taken the challenges in the palm oil industry on to create accountability.
RSPO has developed a set of environmental and social criteria which companies must comply with in order to label their products Certified Sustainable Palm Oil. At Spack International, we are proud to offer an organic palm oil that is RSPO IP certified. IP stands for Identity Preserved, which is the highest designation offered. Spack has a close relationship with the farmers of a small organic palm cultivation project in West Africa. Our organic palm oil is considered of the highest quality and we keep a pulse check on ensuring a reduction of negative impacts on the environment and in the communities of West Africa. For more information on our Organic Palm Oil, click here.
What is the U.S. doing about these challenges?
The U.S. Customs and Border Protection has banned imports of palm oil from two Malaysian producers over allegations of forced labor during production. Malaysia relies on over 300,000 migrant workers to harvest palm fruit. This ban is an attempt to force Malaysian palm oil producers to adhere to strict policies against unethical labor practices. Both companies have issued press releases that they are ready and willing to work with U.S. government and others to address their concerns. They are committed to implementing robust policies to protect worker’s rights.
The future will learn what this means, for information click here. Because we source our organic palm oil from Africa, Spack International’s supply has been reliable and consistent. We do Palm completely different than the Palm crop produced in Asia, which is devastating for the planet.