[quote="beforewisdom"]To my knowledge, most of the palm oil and concomitant deforestation is produced is for direct human consumption. The vast majority of soy production and deforestation is done for livestock feed. If people chose to eat soy directly versus processed through animals the demand for soy beans would drop drammatically, reducing if not eliminating deforestation. Palm oil is being consumed directly by people and that is driving deforestation.
So basically palm oil = human food
Soya beans = human food or animal food = human food
As the world isn't going to go vegan overnight, is the comparison not the same?
This is the thing that annoys me about being anti-palm oil. I don't see it being any better or worse for the environment than soy or corn, which we know
is resulting in deforestation. A reduction in soya/corn crops as a net result of people going vegan would reduce deforestation to plant soy/corn crops in a much larger scale, as you said yourself. This would do a lot more than not consuming palm oil on the mere basis that you think
it may have been sourced through deforestation.