Tags Archives: Palm oil

Biofuels rush causing hunger, land theft, habitat destruction, and massive release of carbon

By Daan Bauwens / Inter Press Service Despite growing evidence that biofuel production is causing food insecurity around the world, the new European Union policy blueprint on renewable energy ignores the social effects of biofuels. Last week, Guatemalan victims of the food crisis came to Brussels to make European policy makers aware of the problem. … Continue reading Biofuels rush causing hunger, land theft, habitat destruction, and massive release of carbon

Palm oil industry rapidly destroying Indonesian forests

By Agence France-Presse Surging demand for palm oil in India for cooking and everyday grocery items is driving tropical forest destruction in Indonesia, Greenpeace said Tuesday. In its report “Frying the Forest” the group called on Indians to boycott products by brands Britannia, ITC, Parle and Godrej, such as biscuits and soap, until the companies … Continue reading Palm oil industry rapidly destroying Indonesian forests

In one-sided negotiations, palm oil corporation obtains Moi land for 1/7000th its economic value

By Jeremy Hance / Mongabay A palm oil company has paid indigenous Moi landowners in Indonesian Papua a paltry $0.65 per hectare for land that will be worth $5,000 a hectare once cultivated, according to a new report by the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) and Indonesian NGO, Telepak. The report outlines similar disadvantageous deals in … Continue reading In one-sided negotiations, palm oil corporation obtains Moi land for 1/7000th its economic value

Lobbyists for palm oil industry try to reverse EPA decision against carbon-intensive biodiesel

By Mongabay Wilmar International, the world’s largest palm oil processor and trader, has hired a major lobbying firm to overturn the Environmental Protection Agency’s ruling that palm oil-based biodiesel will not meet greenhouse gas emissions standards under America’s Renewable Fuels Standard, reports The Hill. Wilmar Oleo North America hired lobbying firm Van Ness Feldman to … Continue reading Lobbyists for palm oil industry try to reverse EPA decision against carbon-intensive biodiesel

Logging company in PNG hires police to lock indigenous landowners in shipping containers

By Jeremy Hance / Mongabay Locals protesting the destruction of their forest in Papua New Guinea for two palm oil plantations say police have been sent in for a second time to crack-down on their activities, even as a Commission of Inquiry (COI) investigates the legality of the concession. Traditional landowners in Pomio District on … Continue reading Logging company in PNG hires police to lock indigenous landowners in shipping containers

Peat swamp forest set ablaze by palm oil companies, killing more than a hundred orangutans

By Kathy Marks / The Independent Fires raging unchecked in an Indonesian peat swamp forest could wipe out the remaining Sumatran orang-utans which live there, conservationists are warning. The forest is one of the last refuges of the great apes. The illegal fires, started by palm-oil companies clearing land to plant the lucrative crop, are … Continue reading Peat swamp forest set ablaze by palm oil companies, killing more than a hundred orangutans

Palm oil plantation in Cameroon would destroy 173,000 acres of tropical rainforest

By Jeremy Hance / Mongabay Eleven top scientists have slammed a proposed palm oil plantation in a Cameroonian rainforest surrounded by five protected areas. In an open letter, the researchers allege that Herakles Farm, which proposes the 70,000 hectare plantation in southwest Cameroon, has misled the government about the state of the forest to be … Continue reading Palm oil plantation in Cameroon would destroy 173,000 acres of tropical rainforest

Strangely like war: Dayak people in Malaysia fighting palm oil companies for survival

The fate of a Dayak community deep in the interior of East Kalimantan demonstrates how Indonesia must safeguard the rights of indigenous people who practise a sustainable lifestyle if it is to meet ambitious targets to reduce emissions from deforestation, alleges an organisation that specialises in investigating environmental crimes. ... Continue reading →