A Corrupt Government and a Corrupt Corporation Team Up to Destroy a Rainforest and an Indigenous Tribe

Steve KinsmanStarred Page By Steve Kinsman, 26th Oct 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/3ivf.opl/
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Corporations, aided by governments, are destroying people's lives, as well as the planet.

The unholy alliance

Corporations and governments frequently partner together in order to foster the corporation's insatiable greed for profit at the cost of humanity's welfare and the health of the planet.

The Price of Palm Oil

Jill Richardson, writing for alternet.org, has reported on the activities of the palm oil corporation, Wilmar International, on the island of Sumatra in Indonesia. She has chronicled how the Indonesian government partnered with Wilmar on August 10th of this year to invade the small village of Suku Anak Dalam, in the middle of the rainforest, with guns and bulldozers, to destroy over eighty homes, completely leveling the village, and to evict all of its inhabitants, so that Wilmar could clear the land and build a palm oil plantation. Completely disregarding the welfare of the village's inhabitants, the Indonesian government had sold the land where the tribe lived right out from under them, and they have been left to fend for themselves.

Palm oil has become ubiquitous. It is in half the processed foods we eat, and it is also in many of the body care products and cleaning products we buy. To meet the ever expanding industrial need for palm oil, Indonesia keeps clearing rainforest land at a breakneck pace. Since 2000, over fifteen million more hectares of rainforest have been obliterated; every year an area bigger than the size of Connecticut is cleared, and Indonesia has lost over 46 percent of its rainforests since 1950.

The palm oil industry, with the blessing of one of the most corrupt governments on earth, is also enslaving children. On alternet.org, in an article titled Worst Food Additive Ever? It's in Half the Foods We Eat and Its Production Destroys Rainforests and Enslaves Children, author Jill Richardson writes "Among the horror stories coming out of Southeast Asian palm oil plantations are accounts of child slave labor. Ferdi and Volario, 14 and 21, respectively, were each met by representatives of the Malaysian company Kuala Lampur Kepong in their north Sumatra villages. They were offered high-paying jobs with good working conditions, and they jumped at the opportunity. According to an account by Rainforest Action Network: 'The two worked grueling hours each day spraying oil palm trees with toxic chemical fertilizers, without any protection to shield their hands, face or lungs. After work, Ferdi and Volario were forced inside the camp where they'd stay overnight under lock and key, guarded by security.' They escaped after two months and were never paid for their work."

What you can do about it

When you go to your local supermarket, it's a good idea to stay away from the interior of the market where all the processed foods are displayed, and only shop around the edges, where the raw and unprocessed foods are kept. If you can afford it, buy and consume only organic produce. You'll be a lot healthier and you will be doing your part to save the planet's precious ecosystems from being ravaged by corporate greed and governmental corruption.

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I live in California with my wife Carol, where I have been practicing professional astrology for 35 years. I write articles on astrology, but I enjoy writing on a variety of other subjects as well..

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author avatar Lewis Adler
26th Oct 2011 (#)

Another real eye-opener Steve. Thanks for exposing the nightmare scenarios being played-out. We must all try to support green at the expense of greed!

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
26th Oct 2011 (#)

Indeed we do, Lewis. Thanks for your comment.

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author avatar Songbird B
26th Oct 2011 (#)

Terrifying statistics and slave labour..An informative article Steve..Thank you for publishing this to make us all more aware on what is going on in this damaged earth...

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
27th Oct 2011 (#)

Thank you for commenting Songbird. As always, I much appreciate it.

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author avatar Madan G Singh
27th Oct 2011 (#)

Excellent write up. Very informative

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author avatar rama devi nina
27th Oct 2011 (#)

Superb and important (relevant) article. Bravo on much deserved star. Thanks for voicing this, Steve. Namaste- rd

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author avatar Buzz
27th Oct 2011 (#)

Wow, you're always terrific with your exposes, Steve. Great star page, my dear friend!

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
27th Oct 2011 (#)

Thank you Madan, rama devi nina and Buzz for all of your comments. They are very much appreciated.

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author avatar Delicia Powers
27th Oct 2011 (#)

Very informative ...

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
27th Oct 2011 (#)

Thank you Delicia.

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author avatar Ibolya Lőrincz
27th Oct 2011 (#)

Steve, thanks for revealing and sharing this astonishing information. It is a shame that a fraction of the population can terrorize the majority causing inmeasurable damages to the Earth and there is little to be done against them.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
27th Oct 2011 (#)

I fully agree, Ibolya. The crimes corporations, protected by governments, get away with, are astoning. Thanks for your comment.

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author avatar Neha Dwivedi
28th Oct 2011 (#)

a very informative article Steve....thanks a lot for sharing..

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
28th Oct 2011 (#)

Thank you geeta. I appreciate your comment.

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author avatar Ivyevelyn, R.S.A.
29th Oct 2011 (#)

You reporting this is a start. As long as it identified and we are aware, maybe something will change.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
29th Oct 2011 (#)

Letus hope so. Thank you Ivyevelyn.

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author avatar Carol
30th Oct 2011 (#)

You are raising awareness Steve, well done, and congrats on the star.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
30th Oct 2011 (#)

Thank you very much Carol.

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author avatar Clarence Schreiber
3rd Nov 2011 (#)

Great article Steve. It is very informative and very well written. I wish the corporations and government should stop doing this.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
3rd Nov 2011 (#)

Thank you Clarence. I appreciate your comment.

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