Palm oil: dirty business and an apokalyptic disaster

It is the story of the loss of habitat, of all animal life and premature death. The swamp forests of the Leuser ecosystem are home to most of Sumatra’s orangutans, and Rafflesia, the largest flower in the world, thrives in its rainforests.

Four million indigenous people depend on their water supplies and food for the forests to be intact.

The biggest enemy: deforestation because of palm oil.

Most of the palm oil plantations have been set up illegally because there is no permit in protected areas.

“When the big companies go to these areas, they’ll cut down the biggest trees and then shave off what’s left – with machines or by fire. They kill all life there, including ants. Most orangutans die as well. I often refer to them as survivors of an apocalyptic wave, but they are also refugees.“

 

More than 60 million tons of it are consumed worldwide every year. Palm oil increasingly serves as a substitute for harmful trans fats and as a bio-alternative for various petroleum products. It has become a billion dollar business. But only very few people know that they even eat it. Many have never heard of it.

Palm oil is not cultivated by small farmers but by large international corporations. The peasants are robbed only of the land on which they can later work as auxiliary workers.

A recent report shows what happens to people when palm oil is grown:

They are imprisoned, tortured or murdered. In the Indonesian province of Papua everyone lives dangerously, who opposes the authorities. Serious human rights violations are on the agenda – and the world community takes little notice.

 

For more…at: https://worldanimalsvoice.com/2019/04/01/palm-oil-dirty-business-and-an-apokalyptic-disaster/

Best regards, Venus

 

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