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Growing palm has a huge impact on the Indonesian landscape

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PALM oil has become a byword for environmental destruction. Found in food and cosmetics, its growing use is destroying rainforests and endangering species like orangutans. In an effort to turn things around, UK supermarket Iceland pledged last month to halt the use of palm oil in its own-brand products. But the real problem isn’t in your kitchen cupboard or bathroom cabinet – it is in your car.

Half of all the palm oil imported by Europe is turned into biodiesel and blended into conventional fuel to power cars …

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