World Rainforest Movement

12 Replies to 12 Lies about Oil Palm monocultures plantations – new layout

Posted on Sep 26, 2016

This report aims at strengthening the struggles of all those who are opposing large-scale oil palm plantations in the global South. After...

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Forestry Community Forum: Community mobilisation in plantation forestry

Posted on Dec 11, 2015

The Forestry Community Forum is an organisation of dwellers and labour tenants residing in plantation forestry / worker villages in the...

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Malaysia: Human trafficking and workers’ abuse in palm oil plantations

Posted on Oct 15, 2015

Malaysian palm oil industry, which produces 40 per cent of the world’s palm oil supply, is growing but, according to labourers and...

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“Planet Palm Oil: peasants pay the price for cheap vegetable oil”, publication by GRAIN

Posted on Sep 26, 2014

Producing cheap palm oil comes at a high price: destruction of rainforests, labour exploitation, and brutal land grabbing. With lands in...

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Monocultivos de árboles en América Latina: situación laboral y destrucción de economías locales

Posted on Aug 29, 2014

Only available in Spanish By the WRM and RECOMA Download as pdf here Las empresas que promueven plantaciones en gran escala de monocultivos...

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Brazil – Discourse of “innovation” contrasts with a reality of life in conditions akin to slavery for workers employed by one of Agropalma´s suppliers

Posted on May 7, 2014

Agropalma started its activities in 1982 and according to its website, has since grown to become “the main producer of palm oil in Latin...

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Modern-day slavery in oil palm plantations: The outstanding cases of Malaysia and Indonesia

Posted on Dec 23, 2013

Photo: E. Benjamin Skinner Malaysia Malaysiahas become a destination for migrant workers from other Southeast Asian countries– mainly...

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Working Conditions in Plantations

Posted on Oct 25, 2012

When plantations and processing units are set up, workers are needed. In reality, and in contrast to promises often made by companies when...

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Brazil: 30 people intoxicated by pesticides sprayed from plane on eucalyptus plantations

Posted on Sep 30, 2012

The traditional communities known as geraizeiras at the Vale do Guará Settlement, in the town of Rio Pardo de Minas, north of Minas...

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An overview of industrial tree plantations in the global South: conflicts, trends, and resistance struggles.

Posted on Jun 11, 2012

After many years of supporting local struggles and disseminating information from different countries on tree monocultures and its impacts,...

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No to the expansion of Veracel Celulose S.A. in Brazil!

Posted on May 30, 2012

Veracel is expanding its operations in Brazil, with the consent of the government. The decision of the Institute of the Environment and...

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Women oil palm plantation workers in Asia: Gender inequity and exploitation

Posted on May 30, 2012

In Asia, as in many other parts of the world, forest areas have been inhabited by successive generations of indigenous communities. For...

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Oil palm plantation workers in Central America: The experience of Rel-UITA

Posted on May 30, 2012

Over the past several decades, large-scale monoculture oil palm plantations have spread throughout the tropical regions of Asia, Africa and...

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Brazil: Eucalyptus and the growing precarity of work in Mato Grosso do Sul

Posted on May 30, 2012

Nothing likes eucalyptus. If you let cattle loose among the eucalyptus, they start grazing around the outside, which is supposed to be a...

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The green economy and labour: Will “green jobs” protect workers’ health and safety?

Posted on May 30, 2012

According to the International Labour Organization (ILO), an estimated 160 million people suffer from work-related diseases, 270 million...

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Honduras: Women fighting for land against a backdrop of violence and murders

Posted on Mar 30, 2012

Men and women peasant farmers in the Bajo Aguán valley in Honduras are suffering violent repression after organizing and taking action to...

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Stora Enso makes money out of environmental crimes

Posted on Apr 30, 2011

On April 20, the Finnish-Swedish giant of the forestry industry Stora Enso held their annual shareholder meeting in Helsinki where it...

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Uruguay: Tree plantation workers and agrotoxic spraying

Posted on Dec 30, 2010

One of the promises made by plantation companies to gain support – from the government and from local communities – is that they will...

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Uruguay: A place where the lies about plantations are all too obvious

Posted on Jan 30, 2010

Everywhere in the world where large-scale monoculture tree plantations are established, their arrival is preceded by a series of promises...

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The “benefits” of tree plantations: shattering the myths

Posted on Sep 30, 2009

International Day against Monoculture Tree Plantations is a good opportunity to expose the myths being spread around about the so-called...

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Myth No. 2: Tree plantations generate jobs

Posted on Sep 30, 2009

Large-scale tree plantations do not generate jobs because they always involve as much mechanization as possible. For example, the Veracel...

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Myth No. 8: Certification ensures that plantations are socially beneficial and environmentally sustainable

Posted on Sep 30, 2009

In the area of tree plantations, the FSC has become the main body responsible for granting a certificate to plantations assessed as...

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Uganda: Carbon sink plantation – where trees are more important than people

Posted on Aug 30, 2009

The UK-based New Forests Company is establishing tree plantations in Uganda, Mozambique and Tanzania. The company states that “Whilst...

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Working conditions and health impacts of industrial tree monocultures

Posted on Feb 17, 2008

The environmental impacts of industrial tree monocultures have been widely documented, as have the effects of this industry on local...

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Promises of Jobs and Destruction of Work. The case of Aracruz Celulose in Brazil

Posted on May 18, 2005

Edited by The Network Alert against the Green Desert and the WRM By: Alacir De’Nadai, Winfridus Overbeek, Luiz Alberto...

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Ten replies to ten lies

Posted on Aug 9, 1999

By Ricardo Carrere, WRM Planting trees can be very good, but it can also be very bad. It all depends what you’re planting them for, the...

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