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US Companies Moving Up on WWF's Sustainable Palm Oil Scorecard

Palm oil is a very versatile material. In just a few years, it has become a key ingredient in many foods, cosmetics, soaps, and detergents, and is also developing into a stock for biofuel, reports Blue & Green Tomorrow. The stuff is so in demand that its production has, unfortunately, resulted in widespread deforestation and destruction of species habitat, especially in Southeast Asia where many palm plantations are located. To push along the idea that palm oil can be grown and sourced sustainably, WWF has released its 2016 Palm Oil Buyers Scorecard. This fourth edition finds that US companies are among those moving to sustainable sourcing, including General Mills, Hershey, Kellogg's, Pepsico, Mars, Yum! Brands, DuPont, and Walmart. That’s good news about a product that looks to be a major element in sustainable development.

John Howell, Editorial Director

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