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Bee Wilson: Palm Oil Dependency, 23 June 2022

Planet Palm: How Palm Oil Ended Up in Everything – and Endangered the World 
by Jocelyn C. Zuckerman.
Hurst, 337 pp., £20, May 2021, 978 1 78738 378 4
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Oil Palm: A Global History 
by Jonathan E. Robins.
North Carolina, 418 pp., £32.95, July 2021, 978 1 4696 6289 3
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... in the world now is RBD: refined, bleached and deodorised.The​ advertising for Price’s candles co-opted the language of antislavery, foreshadowing the way palm oil was later positioned as a healthy alternative to trans fats and, in the form of ‘green’ biofuel, as an ethical alternative to fossil fuels. It has also been used to create detergents ...

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