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Using radical imagination to confront our reliance on palm oil
As the Canada Research Chair in the Radical Imagination, Max Haiven has been thinking a lot about what a vastly different, more equitable reality and, consequently, a better world could look like. In his new book, Palm Oil: The Grease of Empire, he applies that thinking to question how and why we've become so reliant on the extraction and export of a product that's exacting a huge environmental and human toll. Palm oil has become ubiquitous and cheap — and is found in everything from fast food and medication to shampoo and chocolate. Haiven makes the case for rethinking our relationship with palm oil, by putting people before profits.