You need to know that palm oil, derived from the fruit of the oil palm tree, is a sought-after ingredient for thousands of products from snack foods to shampoo. Its versatility and low cost have made it the most widely used vegetable oil in the world. But, so far, palm oil's popularity has come at a terrible price.
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The air quality in Singapore reached hazardous levels this week, breaking all previous records for air pollution. Reports on social media had pigeons dropping dead like the proverbial canary in a coal mine. The cause is massive forest fires burning in Sumatra to clear forests for new palm oil plantations.