Mongabay | Lembaga Keuangan Harus Bertanggungjawab Cegah Karhutla di Konsesi Sawit, Caranya?

Mongabay | Lembaga Keuangan Harus Bertanggungjawab Cegah Karhutla di Konsesi Sawit, Caranya?

Civil society organizations are urging in providing financing to oil palm plantations, financial institutions must pay attention to environmental and social issues to play a role in preventing or minimizing adverse impacts on the environment and humans, such as forest and land fire disasters. Forest and land fires this year, many occur in the concessions of oil palm companies, financial institutions including banks, as funders must take responsibility.

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Frontiers | Face palm: are palm oil boycotters hypocrites?

“Bananas, beef, cane sugar, chocolate, coconuts, coffee, pineapples, soybeans, tea and vanilla, to name a few, are all produced in previously forested tropical areas,” he comments. “But the attention these receive is hardly comparable to the scrutiny that is directed towards palm oil.”

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CIAT | Could these crops save Peruvian forests?

CIAT | Could these crops save Peruvian forests?

In Peru, many associations of small and medium producers claim to have actually grown their oil palm and cacao plantations on lands previously deforested for illicit crops, cattle ranching or other practices. They did so motivated by initiatives promoted by the government and the international cooperation community

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WOL | Conversion of rainforest to oil palm and rubber plantations alters energy channels in soil food webs

WOL | Conversion of rainforest to oil palm and rubber plantations alters energy channels in soil food webs

Conversion of rainforests into rubber and oil palm plantations alters energy channels in the soil food web as shown by different composition of biomarker FAs in soil fauna communities in different land‐use systems. Our results show a general increase in the plant energy channel and strong alterations in the bacterial energy channel in oil palm plantations, and a reduction of the AMF‐root‐based energy channel in rubber plantations as compared to rainforest. Despite the general shifts in the use of basal food resources, our results also showed that different trophic groups and size classes of soil fauna contain different specific biomarker FAs across land‐use systems and thus are linked to different basal resources. In most of the cases, the group identity had a larger effect on the FAs composition than land‐use change and thus this effect will be discussed in the first place.

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The Conversation |  The geopolitics of palm oil and deforestation

The Conversation | The geopolitics of palm oil and deforestation

Four major vegetable oils constitute more than 85% of the world consumption (figure 4). Sunflowers, rapeseed and soybeans were originally grown in temperate countries, but a rising share of soybeans is now produced in Brazil thanks to genetically improved varieties. Oil palms grow only under humid tropical conditions, and produce 5 to 8 times more oil per hectare than the other crops.

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