Palm Oil’s Big Hand

Palm oil is to South East Asia what sugar-cane is to Brazil: a license for some to print money, and for others to become landless, while at the same time sacrificing the environment for chimerical carbon savings. Not good. Not good at all. The full BBC Story is pasted below.

Losing land to palm oil in Kalimantan
By James Painter
BBC News, West Kalimantan

Barto is more sad than angry. He is a leader of a Dayak Kanayan community in a remote part of the rainforest in deepest Borneo.

Gazing out over a vast expanse of freshly planted palm oil plants, he says: “This is our ancestors’ land which we have had for years, and now we have lost it.”

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