The weather is great now, but just a couple of weeks back everyone was upset with the haze that enveloped our country, and region.
It was the result of open burning in Indonesian plantations, and more specifically, palm oil plantations. It escalated into a blame game between Malaysian and Indonesian politicians, and questions about Malaysian palm oil plantations in Indonesia.
But we hear all of this on a yearly cycle. So what exactly is the problem? And is palm oil so unattractive that the EU has decided to ban it?
What does this mean to small holders? Why do they take to open burning? Why is palm oil still a questionable dietary source even when there are organisations that certify it as a sustainable practice?