The Impact of Palm Oil Industry on Biodiversity and Climate

The Impact of Palm Oil Industry on Biodiversity and Climate

The oil palm is treasured by some for its high yield and easy cultivation. Its fruit is the source of one of the world’s most important raw materials. However, the palm oil boom comes at a cost. Monocultures destroy nature, leading to devastating consequences for biodiversity and the climate. Hidden in countless products in supermarkets, palm oil is cheap and easy to process, commonly used in baked goods. People around the world are reconsidering palm oil production to create a more sustainable future.

A Sustainable Solution in Baking Innovation


Ludovic Gerboin, an artisan baker, has been experimenting with innovative baking techniques. He creates unique treats, such as the trademark “alguette” baguette made with algae. Facing challenges with unsold bread, Gerboin collaborated with biotechnologist Thomas Brück to transform leftover bread into a sustainable cooking oil alternative to palm oil.

Conservation Efforts for Orangutans in Borneo

While the palm oil industry threatens wildlife like orangutans in Borneo, Imam Ghozali works to protect and care for rescued orangutans at Samboja Lestari animal rescue center. The declining orangutan population due to habitat destruction highlights the urgent need for conservation efforts to safeguard these endangered species.


Sustainable Practices and Social Impact

In response to the environmental challenges posed by the palm oil industry, individuals like Sineenuch Kokanutaporn and Markus Matuschka von Greiffenclau are promoting sustainable practices. From obtaining RSPO certification to repurposing palm oil waste into raw materials for packaging, these initiatives aim to create a positive social and environmental impact.


Promoting Change Through Innovation

Through collaborative efforts between farmers, researchers, and entrepreneurs, innovative solutions like yeast oil derived from leftover bread are emerging as alternatives to palm oil. As the demand for sustainable practices grows, individuals like Ludovic Gerboin and Sulastri Rahmawati pave the way for a more environmentally conscious future.



As the palm oil industry faces sustainability challenges, a shift towards innovative solutions and sustainable practices is crucial. By embracing change, promoting conservation efforts, and fostering social responsibility, individuals and communities can work together to create a more sustainable future for biodiversity, climate, and society at large.

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