Many of us are aware of the destruction caused by palm oil. But what about coconut oil? Coconut oil seems to be the new trend among the vegan / vegetarian / environmental / health blogs. I’ve started using coconut oil as lotion and sometimes in baking, so I had to find out if coconut oil is as destructive as palm oil.
Unfortunately, I can’t find a lot of information about coconut oil. That could be good news – it’s not causing a lot of destruction; or bad news – the destruction hasn’t been noticed yet. I found one source, Mongabay, that describes the coconut oil market and lists articles related to forest destruction. It does not point to coconut oil as a source of forest destruction. It does, however mention palm oil; so I know it’s aware of the problem. Pretty good.
I really couldn’t find anything else. It seems that more research needs to be done about the sustainability of coconut oil. I’ll keep looking, and I hope you’ll post anything you find too!
Good things about coconut oil
P.S. I never use palm oil. Ever. I’m stricter about palm oil than I am about hfcs or sugar! The good news is, palm oil is not in anything that I need. It’s only in processed food. And it’s unhealthy. Read up on the dangers of palm oil.
- Rainforest Action Network talks about palm oil plantations’ destruction of SE Asian rainforests
- Palm plantations in South America are just as bad as those in Asia
Your actions mean something! One company has promised to stop rainforest destruction due to palm oil.
Don’t you want to adopt that cute orangutan?