Although palm oil has some of the worst PR in the world, it is a valuable subtance. Extremely shelf stable, it is used in a wide variety of items. Usually unmarked, the palm oil in your product appears as "vegetable oil." But while palm oil is one of the primary contributors to deforestation it doesn't need to be. Studies have shown that palm oil plantations in certain situations can be helpful for the environment. How? When land formerly used for cattle feed is converted into a palm oil farm, the biodiversity is increased, the carbon emissions go down by 99% (because most of the carbon emissions come from cattle that are supported by the land). Vegetable oil IS easier on the environment than red meat. So, if world demand for meat falls, palm oil companies may be pressured into converting the existing farm land into palm oil planation. A win for everyone.