"The Palm Oil" controversy and my thoughts... Over the past few years, "bio-diesel" (and the need for edible non-hydrogenated oils) has created a huge demand for oil... palm oil. Palm oil is only harvested significantly in tropical (rain forest) regions and thus... the problem. More demand for "palm oil" means more deforestation.
When I became aware of this issue, I switched to an "organic palm oil" which is a renewable and sustainable resource. Organic palm will not as likely contribute to the "palm thirsty" industry which ultimately demands more deforestation.
Side Note: There are other suppliers who have found conventional (non organic) sustainable palm farms also. I am not implying that organic palm farms are the only sustainable palm farms (arguable). It is also noted that there is no guarantee that any palm oil is "green".
In most regions of the world, there is no "big brother" that watches over these farms, but this is true of many product and this is why it is important to find reputable sources. Even in America where "big brother" is watching farms, many of the subsidized farms are genetically modifying crops and large corporations are sending small farms packing... needless to say, big government is no accountability to the corporations, it takes businesses to keep other businesses accountable, consumers to keep businesses accountable, neighbors keeping neighbors accountable!