There’s more than palm oil in palm oil

There’s more than palm oil in palm oil, according to a story in ICIS Chemical Business this week, which features Carotech, a company in Indonesia which has found ways of extracting phytonutrients and producing methyl ester from the palm oil in a continuous process. Carotech won an award.
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2 Responses to There’s more than palm oil in palm oil

  1. Matt 15 October, 2007 at 6:27 pm #

    Nice puff piece. No quote marks around some of the scientific claims, and no sign of any peer-reviewed evidence of the claims either. Let’s cut down some rainforest for dietary supplements of questionable value – woohoo!

  2. Mark C R UK 16 October, 2007 at 1:05 pm #

    You cannot help but question the ethics of palm oil and massive clearance for crop production in SE Asia.

    Many western countries simply won’t go near it for the ethical questions and potential consumer backlash.

    However local markets may unfortunately not be too selective… i.e. china sucking up materials from all over the world……

    This is why people are pinning their hopes on new crop varieties where maximal production is obtained from already available land…. and waste resources.

    Unfortunately, the poverty and desire for economic gain in these areas is pushing this forward….

    This is the great challenge for conservationists now.

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