Palm Oil

Palm Oil


Nowadays palm oil is one of the most popular oils that we people love to consume. Not only is it very harmful for us, it is also destroying our environment rapidly. It is known that palm oil is grown throughout Africa, Asia, North America, with 85% globally produced and exported from Malaysia and Indonesia.

Main part

How to reduce suffering and death in producer countries and how to prevent that rain forest ends up on our dinner tables and in our fuel tanks…

Palm oil is literally everywhere –  in our foods, cleaning products, fuels and even in our cosmetics. But the main question is: What consequence does it have for our world?

Displacement of the people who have lived in their country since all life, loss of biodiversity and deforestation are all consequences of our palm oil consumption. It’s high time to make a change! We have to protect people and our nature.

How many tons of palm oil do you think we need every year?

It is frightening to know that we need 66 tons of palm oil annually and this is why palm oil is the most commonly produced vegetable oil. There is another number, which is quite shocking, you might not know but the plantations are currently covering more than 27 million hectares of the Earth’s surface.

It is extremely bad for the climate, the forest habitat is cleared and if this does not change, species such as the orangutan, elephants and tigers are threatened with extinction (vom Aussterben bedroht)!

Our daily palm oil consumption also impacts our health! It contains large amounts of harmful fatty acid that are known to damage DNA and cause cancer!

Products that contain palm oil

In the following quiz you can guess which of these products contain palm oil and which do not. As you can see, these products are very common and too many of us are buying these products without knowing how harmful it is for our environment. We should watch out and see if there are any alternative products that we can buy instead.
Good luck!


Impacts on animals

Deforestation is a huge problem in the jungles of Borneo and Sumatra and many of the over 300,000 different types of animals are injured or even killed. It is shocking that over 50,000 orangutans have already died in the last two decades as a result of deforestation. Other animals that suffer because of the palm oil plantations are species like the Sumatran tiger, Sumatran Rhinoceros, Sun Bear, Elephant, Leopard and monkeys.

Experience and conclusion

In the beginning I was quite excited to do that project with some students from Izmir but unfortunately all of them couldn’t work together with me anymore because of different reasons. But still it was very interesting for me to learn more about palm oil and what it causes to our environment. It was also quite shocking for me to see what products actually contain palm oil in our daily life and how much of it we daily consume. Although it is still difficult to relinquish (verzichten) palm oil products, we could inform us about alternatives to use them instead of palm oil products.


Test your knowledge ( about palm oil.


1. What kind of oil do you think is most commonly used worldwide?
– Palm Oil
2. How many hectares of palm oil plantations are there worldwide?
– most of the people said (36.84%) said half as much as Germany
3. How many hectares of palm oil plantations are there worldwide?
– most of the people said (54.39%) said Indonesia, Malaysia
4. What kind of vegetable oil do you think is the least harmful one for the environment?
– most of the people said (40.35%) said sunflower oil
5. Guess! How much palm oil is in a Nutella?
– most of the people (48.21%) said about 1/3

3 thoughts on “Palm Oil

  1. Dear Zurizmir Team,

    Wow! I really like your post about palm oil. I have already heard about the problem “huge consumption of palm oil” but I didn’t know what palm oil impact.

    The fact that palm oil is much more dangerous than everybody thinks is upsetting. All the examples you have mentioned in your article are pretty sad. Due the fact that I have heard about all these negative impacts I will try to avoid palm oil in my everyday life.

    Thank you very much!
    Kind regards
    Chantal S.

  2. Hi Zurizmir Palmoil Team

    Thank you for this interesting and informative contribution about palm oil. I really liked text passage about our worldwide consumption and the resulting damage to our enviroment. I think it´s insane that we are producing 66 tons of palm oil yearly. It´s a pitty that we keep on producing palm oil in this quantity. (and it´s getting even more!)

    I would have enjoyed to hear about some alternative products as well. I would be also very interested in reading about the issues with child labour and other human and land rights conflicts.

    Mabye you want to check out this website for more facts about palm oil:

    Kind regards
    Yasmin and Michelle

  3. Hi Zurizmir Team,

    I thought this was a really interesting article that gives a lot of information about the consequences that palm oil does to our environment. I was shoked to see how much palm oil we need yearly (66 tons) and how many acres (27 million) the plantations for the production of palm oil takes!
    I believe most people know that palm oil is included in a lot of products that we use/consume daily. However I think we are not aware of what consuquences our consume has to our environment. I think the main reason for that is that we are not directly confronted with it and we only see the plantages in the newspaper or on the tv.

    I would have liked to see some proposals on how we can change the immense use of the palm oil products. However thank you for this article and for making me aware of the consequences that our daily consumed products have!

    Kind regards,

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