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BAD BUSINESS: Palm Oil Company Forcibly Evicts Indigenous Community in Indonesian Borneo

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A palm oil company has forcibly evicted an indigenous community from one of the last tracts of rainforest near Jempang in Indonesia's East Kalimantan province on the island of Borneo

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Ellen m (215)
Wednesday November 2, 2011, 1:24 am
This is absolutely horrible..we have all been signing petitions left and right, writting letters etc, all to no avail.
Greedy people and companies the world over are doing the same thing and it just makes me sick, and left feeling helpless.

Svetlana B (20)
Wednesday November 2, 2011, 6:33 am
Noted, I agree with Ellen!

Wednesday November 2, 2011, 6:39 am
This is horrible.
I know it's hard to do because it's used in so many foods, but it would help if we don't use anything with palm oil in it! I don't use processed foods, so it's easier for me to avoid it.

Brenda T (0)
Wednesday November 2, 2011, 7:48 am
Noted! The world does not just exist for greedy moneygrubbing companies!

Jenny Dooley (830)
Wednesday November 2, 2011, 8:47 am
"Abdon Nababan, General Secretary of the Alliance of Indigenous Peoples Archipelago (AMAN), said the conflict arose from the government's failure to recognize traditional ownership of the forest land, which has been used for generations by Dayak Benuaq people."

Thank you, Cal, for this news of a neighbouring country...I feel so bad for the indigenous people. Sadly indigenous people rarely get a fair go in this country. And to add salt to the wound, it's for freak**g palm oil!!!

Jarno Lahtinen (26)
Wednesday November 2, 2011, 8:50 am
Really sad. People who have lived in a place for generations should be acknowledged as the rightful inhabitants of that place, and no-one should have the right to drive them away. And certainly not for short-sighted greed.

In addition, the destruction of pristine rain forest is tragic - it is something future generations will blame us for.

alicia m (97)
Wednesday November 2, 2011, 8:54 am
noted, gracias

Damaris C (147)
Wednesday November 2, 2011, 9:14 am
Thank you Cal. Noted to spread the word.

Rita White (55)
Wednesday November 2, 2011, 9:50 am
Noted, I agree with Ellen!

Vivien Green (153)
Wednesday November 2, 2011, 10:27 am
Noted thank you Cal and Jenny for the heads up.
This is so sad, greed rides roughshod over everything!!!!!!!!

Yvonne F (181)
Wednesday November 2, 2011, 11:38 am
Noted! Shame on that company! Thanks for posting!

Jennifer M (78)
Wednesday November 2, 2011, 1:12 pm
How is this even possible?? Seems that all governments are just out for money. So so sad :(

Andrea Connelly (94)
Wednesday November 2, 2011, 2:32 pm
This is the end of Nutella for my family and students. Anything with palm oil is now taboo!
And they had better not start mislabeling products with PO in it. Let us kill the market, like they killed a group of indigenous peoples!!! SAY NO TO NUTELLA AND SIMILAR PRODUCTS, SAY NO TO ANYTHING WITH PALM OIL IN IT.

Jonjon Hoy (146)
Wednesday November 2, 2011, 3:13 pm
This makes you wonder if we were Really Signing REAL petitions for a cause. Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrr........!

Jonjon Hoy (146)
Wednesday November 2, 2011, 3:15 pm
Too bad the World doesn't go on a Palm Oil Strike and not buy Palm Oil and have it banded from the market place and other uses.

Jo Asprec (0)
Wednesday November 2, 2011, 4:33 pm
Give back the land to the indigenous community. These people have the right to choose how to use the land.

Kate Kenner (215)
Wednesday November 2, 2011, 5:30 pm
How is this legal? I don't even know what to say sometimes when things like this happen. It is so underhanded, unscrupulous, and just plain sleazy. They are scum. Really though, how is this legal?

Rose Becke (141)
Wednesday November 2, 2011, 6:08 pm

janet f (29)
Wednesday November 2, 2011, 6:11 pm
The Indonesia gov't is completely useless and probably getting kick-backs from the company.

Jill E (1)
Wednesday November 2, 2011, 9:17 pm
This is not new news. It's been happening for a several years, but honestly, it's no different than what many other huge agro companies have been doing for over a century.

Sandy Nichols (0)
Wednesday November 2, 2011, 10:00 pm
Thanks for the story. When it'ss in everything you buy, just about, how is it stopped?

Patricia E. G (54)
Thursday November 3, 2011, 4:20 am
Borneo Leaders must pass legistration to prevent
Indigenous eviction as soon as yesterday.

pam w (139)
Thursday November 3, 2011, 9:26 am
When you fly over Borneo, you look down and see how very green it is and think that, surely, all is well.

Then, when you begin to land, you realize that "greenery" is palm oil plantations--NOT forest!

Borneo has sold us ALL out for money. I know it's difficult, but, if you can, BOYCOTT PALM OIL.

Kristen H (25)
Thursday November 3, 2011, 12:09 pm
NOT ok.

colleen p (38)
Friday November 4, 2011, 7:09 am
why do we use it again? isn't it also not healthy like they said it is ?
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