15 Mar '12, 7pm

Scientists say massive palm oil plantation will "cut the heart out" of Cameroon's rainforest via @mongabay

Scientists say massive palm oil plantation will "cut the heart out" of Cameroon's rainforest via @mongabay

Palm oil, poverty, and conservation collide in Cameroon (09/13/2011) Industrial palm oil production is coming to Africa, its ancestral home. And like other places where expansion has occurred rapidly, the crop is spurring hope for economic development while generating controversy over its potential impacts. The world's most productive oil seed has been a boon to southeast Asian economies, but the looming arrival of industrial plantations in Africa is raising fears that some of the same detriments that have plagued leading producers Malaysia and Indonesia—deforestation, greenhouse gas emissions, biodiversity loss, conflicts with local people, social displacement, and poor working conditions—could befall one of the world’s most destitute regions. While there is no question that oil palm is a highly lucrative crop that can contribute to economic development, there is also lit...

Full article: http://news.mongabay.com/2012/0315-hance_herakles_letter....

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