Reducing Palm Oil Usage

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Anne Murray

Keywords

Palm Oil, sustainability, palm oil production, environment

Abstract

‘Reducing Palm Oil Usage’ discusses a sustainability challenge I undertook in 2015: to reduce my consumption of palm oil. This challenge proved surprisingly difficult. The report begins with a summary of the serious environmental and social problems caused by palm oil production. It then details my experiences during the challenge, including a frank discussion of the problems I faced in changing my behaviour, and the difficulties I experienced in trying to influence others to do the same. The report uses system analysis to understand the production and consumption of palm oil as an unsustainable system. The final section outlines the general barriers to individual behavioural change, and possible ways to overcome these obstacles.

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