No to Biodiesel from Unsustainable Palm Oil

A year ago we complained that rainforests were being cleared to grow palm oil, for use as biodiesel and in as a cheap and devious replacement in fryers for transfats, even though palm oil is high in saturated fats and not much healthier. In August we noted that the first boatload of Malaysian palm oil was being shipped to Germany. Today we learn that Germany and Britain may not want it after all. There were big plans for a German utility to convert a British power station to biofuel, but they were scrapped, because "the company was unable to guarantee that enough palm oil could be bought from sustainable plantations. "There wasn't enough palm oil that we could demonstrate was sustainable," the spokesman said. "The bottom line is: are you contributing to global warming by chopping down rainforest?" ::Times Online via ::Grist

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