Supermarket Iceland cuts palm oil from own products
Frozen food supermarket Iceland has pledged to remove palm oil from all of its own-brand lines by the end of 2018, citing concerns over collapsing orangutan populations and deforestation. The initiative - the first of its kind among major UK supermarkets - should reduce demand for palm oil by over 500 tonnes a year.
Richard Walker, Managing Director of Iceland, said, “We don’t believe there is such a thing as guaranteed ‘sustainable’ palm oil available in the mass market, so we are giving consumers a choice to say no to palm for the first time.”
Iceland’s press release (PDF link) says that replacements for palm oil will include sunflower oil, rapeseed oil and butter.
Read more here. See also the Foodsource resource How do food systems affect land-use and biodiversity? Another useful resource is our report Policies and actions to shift eating patterns: What works?, which highlight the complexity of the palm oil issue. See Table 1, page 13 for a discussion of the complexities of substituting palm oil with other commodities.
Europe is the world's second-smallest continent by surface area, covering just over 10 million square kilometres or 6.8% of the global land area, but it is the third-most populous continent after Asia and Africa, with a population of around 740 million people or about 11% of the world's population. Its climate is heavily affected by warm Atlantic currents that temper winters and summers on much of the continent. In the European Union, farmers represent only 4.7% of the working population, yet manage nearly half of its land area.
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