Soy and palm oil are two commodities that have increased significantly in production and use in the last few decades.
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). FAOSTAT Statistics Database. Website accessed on [14/12/2016].
Increased demand for these products is driving deforestation in South America (soy), Indonesia, and Malaysia (palm), which are the biggest exporters of these commodities.
The expansion of both crops has been associated with cases of poor labour practices, including forced and child labour, and with the appropriation of land traditionally used by smallholder communities and indigenous people.
Around 70% of palm oil imported into the UK is used in food, with the rest being used in pharmaceuticals, cosmetics and cleaning products. 75% of soy is used in animal feed.