World Rainforest Movement

Oil Palm Plantations

Oil palm is originally from West Africa and an important tree for local peoples, cultures and economies in Africa and in Northeastern Brazil. Oil palm plantations, however, are large-scale, intensively-managed, including the intensive use of agro-toxics, and even-aged plantations for the industrial production of oil from the fruit, used for a range of supermarket products like soap and butter; cooking oil and also as agrofuel. Oil palm plantations, occupy  about 17-20 million hectares worldwide, have rapidly increased mainly in Indonesia and Malaysia, where they have been one of the main direct drivers of deforestation and are now expanding at alarming rates into the African and Latin-American continents.


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