Palm Oil A Double-Edged Sword

July 2011
Latin America Monitor: Central America Monitor;Jul2011, Vol. 28 Issue 7, p3
Country Report
The article discusses issues in the production of palm oil for biodiesel in Guatemala. It notes that the palm oil industry presents an opportunity to low-income countries like Guatemala amid rising energy prices and global demand for greener energy. Others argue that it will exacerbate food insecurity as palm oil developers acquire more land which would otherwise be devoted to food crops in a country where at least 20% of children are undernourished. Palm oil plantations allegedly encroach on protected rainforests and damage the environment.


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