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Commerce: Help bigger palm oil yields to save land

Commerce: Help bigger palm oil yields to save land

Technological innovation in oil-palm farming could help both to boost yields of palm oil and to reduce deforestation, but only if higher productivity causes palm-oil prices to drop sufficiently to discourage additional cultivation. If prices stay high, the demand for land is likely to go up in the push for ever-larger profits.

Authors: De Pinto, A.; Wiebe, K.; Pacheco, P.

Topic: oil palm, palm oils, farming, cultivation

Publication Year: 2017

ISSN: 0028-0836

Source: Nature 544: 416

DOI: 10.1038/544416d

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