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Podcast > The Bigger Picture > Earth Matters > Palm Oil Cultivation on Peatland, Greenhouse Gases and Amendments to the Roundtable of Sustainable Palm Oil

Palm Oil Cultivation on Peatland, Greenhouse Gases and Amendments to the Roundtable of Sustainable Palm Oil

Faizal Parish, Director of the Global Environment Centre

29-May-13 11:54


The demand for vegetable oil derived from oil palm is rapidly expanding. Appromiately 90% of world production takes place in Indonesia and Malaysia. Unfortanately, around 10% of palm oil plantations in Southeast Asia are on peat soils, which until recently were covered by peat swamp forests. The drainage of these carbon-rich organic soils for plantations is causing massive greenhouse gas emissions. 

Faizal Parish, Director of the Global Environent Centre, tells us more. 

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