Where did the palm oil in my chocolate bar come from?

Why it's so hard to know if the products you use contribute to deforestation

Written and presented by Joe Sandler Clarke, produced and edited by Georgie Johnson. Music by Podington Bear.

It was barely in anything before the 1990s, but today palm oil is in about 50% of all packaged goods on supermarket shelves.

It’s well known that the industry has been linked to massive environmental destruction, particularly in south-east Asia, but it’s not easy to work out whether the palm oil in any one product contributed to deforestation. Joe Sandler Clarke steps into the studio to unpack the complex reasons why.

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