Steve Sapienza exposes the human cost of palm oil, a cheap ingredient used in many processed foods.
Once a crime-ridden backwater, Lahad Datu is a boomtown fueled by palm oil. While locals enjoy the turnaround, few are willing to do the dirty work needed to keep it going.
Long a preferred cooking ingredient in developing countries, palm oil is now in greater demand in Western markets because of its low price and long shelf life. But at what cost?
Palm oil boom in Indonesia and Malaysia is doing irreparable damage to rare biodiversity and accelerating the effects of global warming.