Why we shouldn’t tolerate Palm Oil

Iceland is the only grocer to have removed Palm Oil entirely from their own label products and they’ve managed it in less than a year.
Not unreasonably they wanted to shout about this, but their Christmas advert has been banned for being ‘too political’.

After all, there have been worries about private equity and other investment being prominent in Palm Oil for some considerable time.

I have to say the advert is rather well done in my view and just 90 seconds of information about how the all-pervasive palm oil is ruining the environment is well worth watching, I suggest.

It is an irony that a really quite informative advert is banned. Yet the usual sales pitch, completely empty of any values, except, of course, consume more, is waived through.

Still, at least there is now a petition to have the decision overturned!


  1. Peter Dawe -

    Palm Oil is merely one symptom. Soy is destroying S American forests, Fishing has all but emptied the seas, grazing animals have caused desertification of the Sahel and many other marginal areas. Wheat and other cereals has already destroyed habitats we’ve forgotten!

    The choice man has is either limit population, or limit diet, though the latter only delays the destruction of habitats IMO.

    That this choice is now unavoidable and imminent is scary, even for a 64 year old!

  2. Andrew (Andy) Crow -

    “The choice man has is either limit population, or limit diet,…”

    There are alternative choices. Solar generation to run desalination plants and irrigation systems could reclaim arid land. WE need imaginative solutions.

    Rising affluence reduces population growth; it’s the only thing that does. Two world wars and flu epidemics hardly dented population growth in the 20th century, but a generation of increasing affluence is causing panic in western nations because the population is ageing.

    Economic growth does not have to be win lose.

  3. A. Pessimist -

    In view of the recent revelations about the “think tank conspiracy” I was disappointed to see yet another IEA person given a platform on the BBC this morning, saying quite bluntly “we should have a free market in food” (not by choice – it was on the TV in the gym!). We really do need to know who funds and directs these people, and why. A “free market in food” appears to be one of the aims of the Brexit promoters – how’s that going to turn out, Peter?

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