EU's palm oil curb may hurt campaign to save forests

As the global community seeks to address environmental and climate change concerns, attention has been increasing about palm oil. In recent months, the European Union passed a directive that disallows commodities like palm oil to be used in biofuels unless deforestation is avoided.

Last month, a New York Times Magazine feature concluded that the US biofuels policy "was a mistake" that caused more harm than good - the demand for palm oil means more forests are razed to grow crops, outweighing the positives of cutting down CO2 emissions by moving away from fossil fuels.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 20, 2018, with the headline 'EU's palm oil ban may hurt campaign to save forests'. Print Edition | Subscribe