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Palm oil versus coconut oil

 
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Someone recently commented to me that coconut oil is every bit the social and ecological nightmare that palm oil is. Can anyone confirm or deny this?

My impression was that taking the fruit is different than taking the trees, but don’t want to be glib about it.
 
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My impression was that coconut has the potential to be much more ecologically-friendly than palm oil, for the reason you mentioned. I think the reality is that the culture within the industries in question is toxically extractive in nature.

If there's more to it, I can't say, although if someone had an insight here, I would love to hear about it. If there's more to it than, say, monocrop deserts sprayed into lifelessness to produce a single, nutritionally inferior product, with a land-use model that chews up natural biodiversity and spits out toxic wasteland, I think it would be interesting to know, but superfluous to the argument at that point.

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