The palm oil industry is one of the major players of deforestation in Asia, which contributes adversely to climate change. This is because palm agriculture reduces biodiversity, since it’s usually the only crop planted in a field. But, there is hope for a more sustainable palm oil industry, as the fertile lands of Africa have shown promise. To ensure these new agricultural endeavors are sustainable, farmers must focus on maintaining biodiversity through intercropping, as well as reducing waste that is generated from the farming process.
- People think that palm forests are terrible for the environment, but it could be grown sustainably in Africa
- To be more sustainable, people can plant other crops in the palm fields for more diversity
- Importantly, local legislation needs to take these things into account for sustainable palm farming
“Palm is often grown as a monoculture – where it is the only species grown in a large plantation, and plantations often replace native forests.”