Do you recall haze?
Haze is a result of fires that may be caused by unsustainable production of agricultural produce that goes into the food we consume. Haze threatens the respiratory health of vulnerable persons like children and the elderly, as well as people with pre-existing conditions. Haze is also detrimental to our natural environment, increasing CO2 emissions and speeding up climate change.
What is the issue
The link between palm oil and haze
Many agricultural products may lead to deforestation and loss of wildlife globally. 85% of global palm oil production is in Malaysia and Indonesia. To grow palm oil, large areas of peatland forests may be cleared and drained, making the area highly susceptible to fire due to the dry landscape.
These forest and land fires are the main cause of haze, a crisis which contributes greatly to climate change, and affects public health.
More than 90% of local chain restaurants use palm oil
More than 90% of local chain restaurants use palm oil. We know this through our 2016 survey covering 362 outlets from 33 restaurant chains. Despite palm oil being a common cooking oil used in Singapore, many are still unaware of the links between unsustainable palm oil and haze.
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