But there's also this other side to this business that doesn't get nearly enough attention even though it's grazed the outskirts of media for decades. Same old same old...
A Tangle of Conflicts: The Dirty Business of Palm Oil
Quote:On numerous occasions, mercenaries drove out village residents who attempted to return to the "land of our forefathers," as they say. The most recent incident happened only months ago. It's an unequal battle because it essentially pits tribal people against the henchmen of multinational behemoths like Wilmar.
Asia's leading agricultural concern supplies food companies like Anglo-Dutch consumer goods producer Unilever or Swiss multinational Nestlé. And for years Wilmar owned Asiatic Persada.
The conflict escalated on March 5, when day laborer Titus was dragged by soldiers from his home to a palm oil mill. Members of his family and tribes demanded his release, whereupon soldiers beat six of them to the point they had to be taken to the hospital. One, Pujiono, the 35-year-old father of three children, didn't survive the torture.
"The World Bank also bears some responsibility for the death toll," says Feri Irawan, an environmental activist based in the nearby city of Jambi who has been observing the conflict for years. Irawan says the World Bank long showered Wilmar with loans, in complete disregard for the company's tangle of land conflicts.
Read it all at http://www.spiegel.de/international/worl...67198.html
Now here is something we can actually do about this. We can all hate on these bastard companies and be all indignant, but we're enabling them to do this by BUYING THEIR CRAP! Anything containing *vegetable oil is probably palm oil which means it's in everything that's not home cooked.
Money talks, buy something that makes a difference both for your health and all of humanity.
Thank you, that is all.