Indonesian rangers cut down illegal palm oil trees in the protected Leuser Ecosystem rainforest in Aceh province, Indonesia, in January. Picture: AFP

Cheap, versatile palm oil is everywhere, and has transformed the economies of Malaysia and Indonesia, but is it worth it?

  • From soaps and lipsticks to biscuits and pizza, nearly everything you eat, drink and use contains palm oil, but it is also the largest cause of deforestation
  • The worldwide demand for palm oil has lifted incomes in rural Malaysia and Indonesia but the benefits have come at a devastating cost
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Indonesian rangers cut down illegal palm oil trees in the protected Leuser Ecosystem rainforest in Aceh province, Indonesia, in January. Picture: AFP
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