Bugs Lose Their Stick as El Nino Dries Out Palm Oil Plantations

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  • Dry weather in Malaysia makes it harder for pollinating bugs
  • Growers started using weevils in 1980s to boost plant yields

Take almost any package off a supermarket shelf and there’s a good chance a weevil helped make what’s inside. That’s because the African oil palm weevil is a key pollinator of the fruit that yields palm oil, an ingredient in everything from chocolate to pizza as well as shampoo and lipstick.

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