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Factbox: New systems pinpoint palm oil deforestation in real time, almost


(Reuters) - Satellite imaging has been used to spot deforestation in areas of palm oil cultivation for years, but obtaining the images was expensive and they often took months to arrive to end users.New systems are now being adopted by consumer goods companies and commodity traders including Nestle, Unilever, Cargill and Wilmar.WHAT IS NEW?Speed - the new systems aim to make the process almost "real time", although in practice that typically means at least five days. Companies say that allows them to make swift decisions - sometimes cutting ties with suppliers - based on the data. They ...

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First Published: Mon, February 11 2019. 11:37 IST