Sustainability: Unsustainable palm oil
Among the numerous definitions of sustainability, one of the simplest and fundamental is the ability to sustain or the capacity to endure. The ecosystems are deteriorating in the midst of climatic change. Evidently, human beings are consuming so much, so quickly, that we are already living far beyond the capacity of the earth to support the demands. Increasingly, sustainability is becoming a priority interest for numerous organizations, thus, the influence of sustainability to ensure that business entities engage in the reduction of the environmental implications.
One of the major campaigns, illustrating the importance and need for sustainability; in the modern society, is the ALDI campaign. The campaign aims at enhancing the awareness to the usage of Pail Oil in numerous Aldi products. The campaign focuses on enhancing the awareness of the consumers towards avoiding buying unsustainable palm oil, which contributes to the destruction of the rain forest while fueling social conflict. The unsustainable palm oil contributes to the increased aspects of climate change.
Various research practitioners have focused on the exploration of the sustainability of the palm oil in the midst of growing focus or interest in global warming or climate change. Basiron & Weng (2004) sought to examine the oil palm and its sustainability. According to this research article, there are diverse reviews regarding the economic, environmental, and social implications of the growing pail oil industry. In the recent years, the industry has experienced increased focus on the sustainability of the major product in this industry (Sayer, Ghazoul, Nelson, and Boedhihartono, 2012).
The paper highlights diverse mechanisms towards enhancing sustainability of the palm oil with reference to the case of Malaysia (Watkins, 2011). One of the approaches is the improvement of the production efficiency, as well as quality of the palm oil. Secondly, the paper highlights the need for expansion and improvement of the current uses for the oil palm products. There is also need to facilitate promotion of the use, consumption, and marketing of the oil palm products while enhancing the awareness of the target audiences in the market and industry of operation (Laurance et al., 2010).
Finally, the paper highlights the desire for the practitioners and business entities to ensure that the oil palm industry is environmentally friendly (Turner, Snaddon, Ewers, Fayle, and Foster, 2011). These approaches have been critical in focusing minimization of the negative implications of the palm oil industry on the environment. Alternatively, Watkins (2011) sought to examine the implications of the palm oil on development, thus, enormous assessment of the sustainability of the industry in the midst of the growing climate change and global warming.
The article is ideal in understanding and exploring the negative implications of the palm oil, thus, the need for enhanced awareness of the consumers regarding the products at their disposal in the contemporary society. Fry (2011) sought to examine the potential products, which might substitute the palm oil proving to be unsustainable product. The article highlights the negative implications of the palm oil on the deterioration of the environment in the modern context.
Conclusively, sustainability is one of the growing topics of concern in the modern society because of the increased aspects of global warming or climate change. There is need for the business entities or companies to engage in the maximization of the revenues while contributing to the protection or conservation of the environment. This is highly evident in the growing campaign against the usage of the palm oil, which is unsustainable.
List of References
Basiron, Y. and Weng, C.K., 2004. The oil palm and its sustainability. Journal of Oil Palm Research, 16(1); 1-10.
Fry, C., 2012. Slipping away from palm oil. Engineering & Technology, 1(6), pp.68-71
Laurance, et al., 2010. Improving the performance of the roundtable on sustainable palm oil for nature conservation. Conservation Biology, 24(2), pp.377-381.
Sayer, J., Ghazoul, J., Nelson, P. and Boedhihartono, A.K., 2012. Oil palm expansion transforms tropical landscapes and livelihoods. Global Food Security, 1(2), pp.114-119.
Turner, E.C., Snaddon, J.L., Ewers, R.M., Fayle, T.M. and Foster, W.A., 2011. The impact of oil palm expansion on environmental change: putting conservation research in context. InTech.
Watkins, C., 2011. Dendezeiro: African Oil Palm Agroecologies in Bahia, Brazil, and Implications for Development. Journal of Latin American Geography, 10(1), pp.9-33.