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A Malaysian worker harvests palm fruits from a plantation in peninsular Malaysia, on Wednesday, March 6, 2019. Though labour issues have largely been ignored, the punishing effects of palm oil on the environment have been decried for years. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe)

Palm oil: The myth of corporate plantation efficiency is failing Indonesians and furthering inequality

Palm oil is used in half the products sold in global supermarkets. Much of the oil comes from Indonesia where it is grown on plantations that are relatively inefficient, but occupy huge areas of land.
A farmer holds kernels of oil palm fruits in Jakarta, Indonesia, on May 17, 2022. Indonesia, one of the world’s top palm oil exporters has banned exports of cooking oil and its raw materials to reduce domestic shortages and hold down skyrocketing prices since late last month. (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana)

The impact of Indonesia’s ban on palm oil exports reverberated across the globe

Over the past two years, labour restrictions, climate change and violent conflict have contributed to the record-breaking high prices of vegetable oil around the world.
Forest fires hit parts of Sumatra and Kalimantan islands of Indonesia this year due to illegal slash-and-burn activities by companies and local people. www.shutterstock.com

Bambang Hero Saharjo wins 2019 John Maddox Prize should be an inspiration for scientists to stand up for environment in courtrooms

Indonesia’s forest fires forensics, Bambang Hero Sahardjo, receives a prestigious award, John Maddox prize, opening hope for scientists to use scientific evidence for law enforcement.
Palm oil development is not just about the economy but also needs to consider social and environmental costs. www.shutterstock.com

The human cost of palm oil development

There are studies showing that farmers can have economic benefits from palm oil. However, they can also be impoverished by the commodity.

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