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Edible fats and oils - insights and trends

This report explains several trends and issues impacting the edible fats and oils system, including increasing demand, land use, public health, climate impacts, restrictions on trans fats, the search for alternatives to palm oil and soy, and supply chain transparency.

The report is co-authored by FCRN member Samuel Smith of international sustainability non-profit Forum for the Future.

Read the full report, The Edible Fats and Oils Challenge Background: Insights and Trends, here. The report is an output of Forum for the Future’s initiative Edible Fats and Oils Collaboration, which has also produced the report The Edible Fats and Oils Challenge: Creating a Powerful Collaboration for Change. See also the Foodsource building block What is the nutrition transition?

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