First featured on PBS NewsHour.

Steve Sapienza exposes the human cost of palm oil, a cheap ingredient used in many processed foods. In Malaysia, the world's second largest exporter of the oil, producers employ child migrant workers to keep up with demand.


Profitable as it is for multi-national companies, palm oil is extracted at a heavy social and environmental cost, making it one of the most controversial commodities in the world.


October 7, 2013 /
Steve Sapienza, Linda Qiu
From diamonds and water in Africa to gold and indigenous peoples' rights in South America, local costs of global goods front and center for University of Chicago visit.
April 9, 2013 / The Atlantic
Jason Motlagh
As demand for palm oil grows, thousands of child laborers toil on Malaysia's plantations.