[17 September/Food Dive]

Nestle will use a satellite monitoring service to limit deforestation in its palm oil supply chain. They would use the Starling satellite service which had been developed by Airbus and The Forest Trust. It would monitor the company’s global palm oil supply chain to provide high-resolution radar and satellite imagery that documented land cover changes and forest cover disturbances. It would be implemented by the end of the year. It said that 63 percent of is supply chain was deforestation-free as of last year. It was committed to shifting all its global products to having that status by 2020. Palm oil was the most used vegetable oil in the world and was one of the most common ingredients in U.S. food products. Almost 85 percent of palm oil was produced in Malaysia, Indonesia, and Papua New Guinea. According to the Rainforest Action Network, Nestle, Mars, and Hershey had all broken commitments to stop using palm oil sourced from former rainforest land.