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Naming and Shaming Palm-Oil Buyers to Stop Rainforest Burning

Indonesian farmers burn ancient rainforest to expand plantations.
Why a Thick Smoke Haze Is Blanketing Asia

Singaporeans who choke on haze floating over from Indonesia can blame the world's desire for palm oil. The edible oil is an important ingredient in cookies, noodles and other packaged foods as well as soaps, shampoos, lipsticks and many other consumer goods. Farmers in Indonesia, the world's biggest supplier of the commodity, often illegally burn the world's oldest rainforest or use fire to clear old oil palms on existing plantations, and the smoke from the flames drifts across Singapore and Malaysia.

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