What is palm oil?
Palm oil is an important and versatile vegetable oil which is used as a raw material for both food and non-food industries.
Oil palms are highly efficient oil producers, with each fruit containing about 50% oil. Palm oil and palm kernel oil are entirely GM free.
Obtained from the fruit (both the flesh and the kernel) of the oil palm tree, it contributes to the economic development of the producing countries and to the diets of millions of people around the world. In fact palm oil can be found in a huge percentage of every day supermarket products.
Oil palms can grow 20 metres tall with leaves up to 5 metres long. They bear clusters of fruit all year long, with each fully matured cluster weighing up to 50kg.
Oil palms are highly efficient oil producers, with each fruit containing about 50% oil. As a result they require ten times less land than other oil-producing crops. Palm oil and palm kernel oil are entirely GM free.
Vegetable oil production around the world totals over 144 million tonnes per year, of which over 47 million tonnes is palm oil. Along with soy oil, palm oil makes up 60% of world production.