Palm oil is extracted from palm trees in tropical areas in Asia, Africa and Latin America. This oil is mainly used for cooking, but also in food products, detergents, cosmetics and biofuel. Interestingly, more than half of all packaged products consumed by Americans contain palm oil; it can be found in lipstick, soaps, detergents, and ice cream.
The large production and consumption of palm oil has put pressure on ecosystems, species and local communities.
Other commodities such as soy and timber also threaten biodiversity and people.