Palm oil is responsible for widespread deforestation and labor abuses, but it’s also cheap and incredibly useful. That’s why many advocates call for reforming the industry, not replacing it.
Green diesel may be intended to reduce emissions but it is not necessarily environmentally and socially sound.
Forests provide an essential buffer between people and wildlife — and the viruses they carry. Global agriculture is destroying forests, harming biodiversity and may be putting human life at risk.
Jair Bolsonaro’s government has put forward laws that could put Indigenous land into the hands of mining, agricultural and timber businesses.
Oil palm plantation on remote locations is not mutually exclusive with increase wealth and improve living standards at remote locations.
The right strategies, using agrarian or adat justice, can settle conflicts in favour of local people and indigenous peoples.
Researchers found that palm oil plantations up to five years old were more harmful to the climate than already established ones.
There are studies showing that farmers can have economic benefits from palm oil. However, they can also be impoverished by the commodity.
The impact of deforestation for oil palm plantations is well known – and now research has found the replanting process could be additional harm to biodiversity.
Calls to ban palm oil could get a very different response among people who live in the same forests as orangutans.
Boycotting palm oil would increase production of other crops, such as soy, which actually require more land.
Oil spills, nuclear meltdowns and chemical poisonings should be taught in schools.
Liberia’s rural communities have long been suffering land grabs by international palm oil producers.
The bearded boar is rarely honoured, yet its role in the forest of this island in the Malay archipelago is as crucial as it is emblematic.
A balanced research program should focus on good and rational peat management efforts that minimise environmental impacts, and on water regulation that reduces the risk of fire.