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Blog: The toxic legacy of palm oil in Guatemala

Ensuring sustainability in Guatemala's palm oil sector requires meaningful social and ecological reform.

Burning Forests in Indonesia

Blog: What’s really in your morning bowl of cereal?

Palm oil is everywhere, in food and everyday items you don’t even realize. It’s in your morning bowl of cereal, your afternoon biscuits, your dinner pizza, in soap and even in the biodiesel that fuels your car. And sadly, in many places, it comes with human and environmental costs.

To find out why, I recently joined an Oxfam field trip to Indonesia, the world’s largest palm oil producer. We wanted to talk to those affected by big palm oil plantations.

Fuimos testigos de incendios forestales durante nuestro viaje. Distrito de Pelalawan, provincia de Riau.

Blog: ¿Qué se esconde detrás de tu tazón de cereales?

El aceite de palma está en todas partes: desde los alimentos que consumimos cada día hasta productos cotidianos donde menos cabría esperar. Está en los cereales del desayuno, en las galletas, en la pizza, en el jabón e incluso en el biocarburante que utilizamos para el coche. Desgraciadamente, en muchos lugares tiene un coste humano y medioambiental.

How agribusiness is failing small farmers in Latin America

Blog: How agribusiness is failing small farmers in Latin America

As international negotiations on what constitutes responsible agricultural investment are set to get underway in Rome next month under the auspices of the UN’s Committee on World Food Security (CFS), one in eight people still suffers from hunger.  Food insecurity today is not simply a problem of supply, but rather of access.

Community leader Mr Bartolomeus, 48, on his ancestral land, recently cleared by a palm oil company. Photo: Oxfam

Blog: Palm oil: The real problem is crystal clear through the Asian haze

Burning forests and land in Indonesia is an annual phenomenon, but this year fires have hit extreme levels and have created a dangerous haze over Singapore and Malaysia.

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