Emails show British officials are concerned that an EU vote to ban palm oil over its role in rainforest destruction could affect BAE Sytems arms sales to Malaysia, a major palm oil exporter.
The Tripa peat forest has been called the orangutan capital of the world, but its great apes are under threat by palm oil plantations gobbling up thousands of acres of native vegetation to instead grow the trees that produce the most consumed vegetable oil on the planet.
TRIPA PEAT SWAMP, Indonesia (AP) — Palm oil is used in everything from cookies and lipstick to paint, shampoo and instant noodles, and Indonesia is the world's top producer. As demand soars, plantations are expanding. In Tripa, companies drain the swamp, releasing planet-warming carbon into the atmosphere and clear the forest of