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Why the world must redouble efforts to tackle deforestation

Riau_palm_oil_2007This post is by shadow minister for energy and climate change, Barry Gardiner MP. It’s the message he will be taking to the COP21 Global Landscapes Forum in Paris this weekend.

Hovis, Persil, Ginsters, even Mr Kipling’s “exceedingly good” cakes, risk being exceedingly bad for the world’s forests. There’s hardly a domestic product that doesn’t use palm oil. It’s an incredibly useful and profitable natural product, but the relentless drive to plant more and more oil palm trees is devastating some of the most important and biodiversity-rich landscapes in the world. Read more