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Exhibition "Oil Palm and Palm Oil – in the Footsteps of Green Plague"

An exhibition dedicated to the oil palm will open in the Botanic Gardens of the University of Tartu, looking for answers to questions why manufacturers prefer palm oil and whether consumers can save the world with their choices.

It is difficult to find a product among those gracing the shelves in stores which do not contain palm oil. But the rain forests, which have been cut down to make room for oil palm plantations, are one of the most species-rich places of our planet. The question of how long this will be so keeps emerging ever stronger as the use of palm oil increases.

"We wish to draw the attention of our guests to a very serious environmental problem with this exhibition," Sten Mander, the organiser of the event and the gardener of the Botanic Gardens, explains the exhibition's objective. Filling their shopping cart in the store few think of the fact that at least half of the selected products contain palm oil and most of the oil comes from plantations, which have not been background-checked. "Figuratively speaking, we take a piece of rain forest with us every time we leave the store, and among it another extinct species," Mander adds.

In the framework of the exhibition, the 2016 documentary "Before the Flood", produced among others by Oscar-winning actor Leonardo DiCaprio and recognised as Hollywood's documentary of the year, will screen in the classroom of the Botanic Gardens on June 9 and 16 at 20:00 o'clock. The film has Estonian subtitles and the entrance is free of charge.

The exhibition "Oil Palm and Palm Oil – in the Footsteps of Green Plague" is open from June 1 to July 1, 2017, and it can be visited daily at 10-17. Admission with the ticket of the Botanic Gardens.

Photo: Postimees, Liis Treimann