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Planet Palm: How Palm Oil Ended Up in Everything—and Endangered the World by [Jocelyn  C. Zuckerman]

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About the Author

Jocelyn C. Zuckerman is the former deputy editor of Gourmet, former articles editor of OnEarth, and the former executive editor of Whole Living. Her stories have appeared in Audubon, Fast Company, the American Prospect, Vogue, and other publications. She is the recipient of a James Beard Journalism Award for Feature Writing. She lives in Brooklyn.


Praise for Planet Palm:
“Crisscrossing four continents, Zuckerman presents a spirited and disarming exposé of the insidious way this one tree species has endangered cultures, economies, and ecosystems.”
Booklist (starred review)

“[A] definitive, damning account of the history of palm oil production and the ecological destruction it causes.”
Kirkus Reviews

“Vividly describing people and places damaged by the palm oil industry, Zuckerman establishes a through line connecting 19th-century imperialism to the exploitative practices of today’s multinational corporations. This deeply reported account sounds the alarm loud and clear.”
Publishers Weekly

“An extraordinary work of investigative journalism that will make the discerning reader rush to look differently at the items stacked in her kitchen and bathroom.”
The Hindu

“For readers looking for a good primer on palm oil’s field of battle and how it was set, Planet Palm is an illuminating read, as engrossing as it is informative.”
Ashoka Mukpo, Mongabay

“[Planet Palm] takes readers into the heart of Palm Oil Nation for a fast-paced and detailed look at the destruction the commodity has sown.”
Civil Eats

“Zuckerman’s book is a timely call to heed [the] reminder . . . to finally set right screw-ups such as the palm oil industry.”
South China Morning Post

“Jocelyn Zuckerman has crossed the globe and looked back in time to show us how much the appetite for palm oil profit has cost us in human suffering, environmental degradation, and loss of biodiversity. This extraordinary work of investigative journalism will make you cry and gnash your teeth. It will fill you with rage. Essential reading for everyone who wonders if their food choices matter.”
Ruth Reichl, bestselling author of Tender at the Bone and My Kitchen Year

“Most of us are familiar by now with how commodities like cotton, sugar, and gold have defined the course of empire and exploitation. In this lively and intriguing book, Jocelyn Zuckerman adds to the list something that, remarkably, 99 percent of the time we don’t even know we’re consuming.
Planet Palm will make you look very differently at the items in your kitchen and bathroom—and at the persistence of poverty and hunger in parts of the world that should be enjoying plenty.”
Adam Hochschild, author of King Leopold’s Ghost and Bury the Chains

“Jocelyn Zuckerman takes us on a troubling, time-traveling adventure that follows the journey of what will become the indispensable ingredient. Today, palm oil, with its intrinsic links to colonization and slavery, has become ubiquitous in our consumerist culture. Sadly, its exploitation, a mere reflection of our global food system, has had terrible consequences.”
Pierre Thiam, Senegalese chef and co-founder of Yolélé Foods

“Man-eating pythons, rogue elephants, armed gangsters, corrupt politicians, murderous executives, modern-day slave owners. Zuckerman encounters them all in this, the first exhaustive investigation of the world’s most environmentally damaging product—something most of us use every day without even knowing it.”
Barry Estabrook, author of Just Eat and Tomatoland

“I’ve always thought of palm oil as just another best-to-avoid food ingredient for its high level of saturated fat, but I can never look at it the same way again after reading
Planet Palm. I now understand that oil palms represent the darkest underside of late-stage capitalism. This is an ugly story, compellingly told. It needs to be read.”
Marion Nestle, professor of nutrition, food studies, and public health, emerita, New York University, and author most recently of Let’s Ask Marion

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B0844FCL4P
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ The New Press (May 25, 2021)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ May 25, 2021
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 10270 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Sticky notes ‏ : ‎ On Kindle Scribe
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 328 pages
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