Groups like the America Palm Oil Council assert the benefits of palm oil production and consumption, highlighting these positive factors:
- Health benefits: a source of bodily energy, protector against diseases, free of transfatty acids, cholesterol free, and rich with antioxidants.
- Oil palm forests provide habitats to many species of flora and fauna.
- Yields 10 times more than other oil seeds, and oil palms can effectively produce for up to 25 years of their lifespans.
- Versatility: used in a number of products such as food, soaps, cosmetics, etc.
- Can be made into bio diesel.
- As palm oil continues to be harvested in countries like Indonesia and Malaysia, rain forests also continue to disappear in order to provide space for oil palm plantations.
- Contributes to the destroying of biodiversity and introducing "large amounts of pesticide and manure." (dw-world.de)
- The peatlands in Indonesia "only cover 0.1 per cent of the land on Earth, but thanks in part to the activities of the palm oil industry they contribute 4 per cent to global emissions." And as the palm oil industry becomes more prominent, that amount is expected to rise. (greenpeace.org.uk)
- Negative social impacts: conflict between palm oil companies and local communities, displacement of communities for oil palm plantations.