Students will engage in a webQuest and follow a variety of TASKS in order to deepen comprehension on the Palm Oil Industry focusing on the big business owners, the consumer, the rainforest and the impact it has on a variety of species.
Palm Oil is obtained from the fruit of the oil Palm Tree. As a versatile oil, it is able to be added into baked goods, such as cookies, bread and potato chips, as well as in chocolate and milk (where it adds Vitamin A). Palm Oil has also replaced coconut as the main cooking oil traditionally used in Indonesia as well as replacing peanut oil in Myanmar. Palm Oil is also extensively used in cosmetics and toiletries where it adds creaminess and/or foam to the product. Palm Oil is an important ingredient in the manufacture of soaps, shampoos, detergents and toothpaste. Increasingly, Palm Oil is used as a biofuel. 85% of Palm Oil is harvested in Indonesia and Malaysia. The cash crop is held responsible for causing widespread deforestation over the last four decades, contributing to climate change as copious amounts of carbon are put into the atmosphere during a “clearing” or burning of the forests and species that are endangered are nearing extinction such as the orangutan.