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A presentation about the environmental costs of oil production (by Dr. Dumelin, here - direct download!) reveals that coconut oil performs worse than palm oil in some commonly assessed impact categories (namely energy requirement, global warming potential and land use) while it performs better in others (namely acidification and eutrophication impact): PO = ...


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There is a lot of information and research on how the production of palm oil has severe negative impacts on biodiversity and ecosystem functioning (for example this paper, this paper and wikipedia). However, I have found that reliable information on how coconut oil is produced is rather scarce. There are several claims about why oil from coconut trees (cocos ...


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Yes -- with caveats. It will decompose. Even motor oil will decompose. (Don't use this as a way of disposing the used stuff. It has lots of ungood things besides oil by the time it's used.) However it will attract animals, dogs, cats, squirrels, mice, rats, bears, porcupines,chickadees, bluejays... A better solution: Mix it with oatmeal, or some ...


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You can compost vegetable oil but when doing aerobic composting the disadvantage is that oil will reduce the amount of air that can get in your compost heap. If you add too much oil and/or don't aerate your heap properly the compost will start to smell and turn into an anaerobic process. Additionally oil may attract animals. Recycling the oil via a local ...


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I found some data from the American Soybean Association on their SoyStats page to help answer this. All data is for 2019. Soybean Product Million metric tons produced USD per ton Total value Meal 44.9 $336 $15.1 billion Oil 11.0 $694 $7.6 billion 33.4 million metric tons (about 60%) of the soybean meal is used as livestock feed in the U.S., and the rest ...


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Using palm oil for cooking is fine from a health perspective, but not from a sustainability perspective. Often rain forests are cleared to create new palm oil plantations, so palm oil is responsible for deforestation, forest fires and loss of habitat for animals. Even certified organic palm oil and palm oil with RSPO certification are not without these ...


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You can also consider using vegetable oil as fuel for diesel vehicles modified for such purposes. There may be a site for people running on vegetable oil in your area, and you could donate your extra oil for this use. You should also be aware that you can reuse cooking oil if you strain and refrigerate after cooking, and don't take it over 375 degrees F ...


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I recently found more information about this, so I'll self-answer. While pesticide can have a big impact on the environment, the biggest problem with palm oil seems to be the clearing of rainforests. Organic label This webpage says: While organic farming prohibits the use of pesticides, chemical fertilizers and genetic engineering, organic labels do not ...


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I think this is such a complex topic, the general person on the street (without sufficient background, education etc.) doesn't understand the impact of both oils. When coconut oil was first cultivated, a lot of natural habitat was destroyed (as every type of agricultural process). But there wasn't such an awareness of ecological impacts via social media etc....


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Regarding the environmental impact of vegetable oils vs butter, I would have liked to agree (and my stomach as well) but the research disagrees. Butter gets a lower environmental score than oil based fats, even when butter from France is compared to the "worse case scenario" for Palm Oil. Two important quotes from the study: "For palm oil the impact of a ...


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Another point that is noteworthy is the transport factor. Assuming you live in the Belgium both coco oil and palm oil have a fairly long distance to travel before reaching the store. From this perspective coco oil probably still has a fairly high impact. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Coconut_distribution.png This being said I don't know much about ...


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