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Palm Oil and Soy Oil for Bio-fuels Linked to High Rates of Deforestation
24 Jan, 2019

A significant share of palm oil and soybean expansion happens on rainforests, forests, peatland and savannahs (land with high carbon stocks), according to a new study reviewing the latest scientific evidence on deforestation. Based on the most recent available satellite assessments, the report estimates that 31% of palm oil expansion globally takes place on forests (1), while 23% of the expanded production occurred on peatland (some of which overlaps with forest conversion). The study also estimates that at least 7% of global soybean expansion caused direct deforestation in the period 2012 to 2015.

Source: European Interest - https://www.europeaninterest.eu/article/palm-oil-soy-oil-biofuels-linked-high-rates-deforestation-study/