This claim is proven to be false, by significant recent research from international institutions. According to recent research in the New York Declaration on Forests, beef is responsible for more than nine times the deforestation supposedly caused by palm oil. Soybean is responsible for around double the deforestation caused by palm oil. Maize causes more deforestation that palm oil. So do pigs and poultry.
The most important finding is that deforestation in Malaysia has slowed practically to zero, according to the United Nations. Malaysia – one of the world’s biggest palm oil producers – currently protects over 67 per cent of land as forests, the U.N. calculates – more than almost every EU Member State. Malaysia produces palm oil, and also protects forests. The claim that Malaysian palm oil is linked to deforestation is clearly, and demonstrably, false.