Palm vs. vegetable vs. animal vs. petrochemical
• Oleochemicals are derived from renewable resources, as compared to petrochemicals which are obtained from exhaustible or non-renewable petroleum. Products derived from oleochemicals are more readily biodegradable and hence do not pose a threat to the environment.
• Plant-based oleochemicals have added advantage over animal-derived oleochemicals in that they as not susceptible to zoonotic diseases transferable from animals to humans e.g. Food and Mouth Disease (FMD) or the Mad Cow Disease (Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy, BSE)
• Green being derived from plants facilitating Halal and Kosher Passover certification
• Unlike other edible oil crops, Oil Palm is a tree crop that doesn't require water irrigation but relies on natural rain fall.
• Oil Palm only takes up 4.8% of the world's top seven major oilseeds' planted areas, but it contributes to 35% of their combined oil produced. (source: oil world, 2007)
• Oil yield per hectare per year from Oil Palm is around 9.8 times higher than Soybean, 7.8 times of Sunflower, and 5.6 times of Rapeseed. (source: oil world ,2007)
• Unlike other oil crops that entail annual planting, Oil Palm tree has a productive life span of at least 22 years.
• Energy input-to-output ratio for Oil Palm of 1:9 is considerably much more efficient than other oilseed crops like soybean or rapeseed with ratio of only around 1:3.(source: Global Oils & Fats ,2007)
• Oil Palm trees absorb 10 times more carbon dioxide and emit 10 times more oxygen per hectare per year compared to other leading annual oil crops. Mature Oil Palm tree has a leaf area index of 5.6 which is comparable to that of rainforests (at index of 6).