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Countries that Produce the Most Palm Oil

Can you name the countries that produce the most palm oil?
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Last updated: October 18, 2021
First submittedDecember 8, 2016
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Metric Tons
Country
40.6 m
Indonesia
19.5 m
Malaysia
2.78 m
Thailand
1.65 m
Colombia
1.13 m
Nigeria
875 k
Guatemala
653 k
Honduras
Metric Tons
Country
648 k
Papua New Guinea
560 k
Ecuador
450 k
Ivory Coast
362 k
Brazil
313 k
Ghana
300 k
Cameroon
250 k
Costa Rica
Metric Tons
Country
198 k
Peru
188 k
China
125 k
Philippines
115 k
Mexico
99 k
D. R. Congo
90 k
Nicaragua
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Level ∞
Oct 18, 2021
Palm oil is pretty bad for a few reasons.

1) Pristine rainforest is being bulldozed to make room for palm plantations

2) Workers are often mistreated

3) Palm oil (and other vegetable oils) are a possible cause of the obesity epidemic

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Level 66
Oct 18, 2021
Description is wrong; says answer only 10 countries
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Level ∞
Oct 18, 2021
Fixed, thanks.
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Level 74
Oct 18, 2021
I wish it had been only the top 10 - I would have done a lot better!
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Level 68
Oct 18, 2021
Who needs nature when you can have that cash.
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Level 71
Oct 20, 2021
I don't know, why don't you ask the orangutans?
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Level 80
Oct 19, 2021
In the part of Borneo where I live, there are only miles and miles of endless oil palm plantations if I drive between major towns. Hardly do I ever see natural rainforests on those routes.
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Level 50
Oct 21, 2021
The use of palm oil is a complicated issue; far more complex than a simplistic "bad for the environment" statement.

There was an excellent and detailed article a couple of years in The Guardian (usually a bit too woke for me, but in the case of this article they were very pragmatic rather than idealistic).

Basically the issue is that the oil palm is exceptionally efficient at photosynthesis "...and yields five times as much oil per acre as rapeseed, almost six times as much as sunflower and more than eight times as much as soybeans. Boycotts of palm oil will only lead to its replacement by other crops needing far more farmland and likely more deforestation..."

A solution needs to be demand-driven: FMCG companies need to figure out ways to reduce the use without consumers asking why their biscuits are no longer crunchy, shampoos not longer foamy etc.

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Level 67
Nov 10, 2021
It's rather naïve to think that individual consumer preferences will have any significant impact on industry practices.

Proper regulation and enforcement on the companies is what's needed.

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Level 50
Apr 10, 2022
:( I typed in côte d’lvoire and it wasted exactly about 55.69 seconds of my time typing this comment too
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Level 87
Apr 10, 2022
Once you recognize patterns this quiz becomes pretty easy. The West African countries threw me off though.
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Level 55
Apr 10, 2022
I knew about SE Asia and West Africa, I was more surprised with how much is in Central America.
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Level 66
Apr 10, 2022
Same. I missed all of the CA countries. I specifically didn’t guess them, thinking they were too small. Got everything else.
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Level 55
Apr 10, 2022
I knew about SE Asia and West Africa, I was more surprised with how much is in Central America.
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Level 32
Nov 11, 2022
i was about to give up, but i keep going and got them all. good quiz highly recomended.