Dec 6, 2011
The visit of the Indonesian delegation
“We want all people in Europe to understand this: For the sake of your palm oil, multinational companies destroy our forests, our source of life and our future”, says Nordin, founder of the organisation Save our Borneo. Now, he personally travels to Germany:
Rainforest Rescue, Robin Wood and Watch Indonesia! have invited him along with seven other activists and victims from Indonesia to come. Among them is an indigenous family from Sumatra who has lost everything due to the operations of the palm oil company Wilmar.
From December 7th to December 20th, they travel around Germany: They are going to meet with several politicians in Berlin, do television, newspaper and radio interviews and report at public events on the destruction of their livelihood.
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Paramilitary injures farmers by order of Wilmar
The manufacturing company Unilever prefers to conceal the ingredient that many of its products (Rama/Blue Band, Becel/Flora etc.) contain: palm oil – and thus, the blood of indigenous people and peasants in Indonesia who are threatened, shot at, arrested and driven off for the sake of its cultivation. Now, the Wilmar Group that supplies Unilever with palm oil for its wide range of goods has dealt another blow. – Update: Dec 6, 2011Start of campaign: Aug 23, 2011 ∣ 34,978 participants to date
Palm oil is an edible plant oil which has become a common ingredient in many consumer products. Today, around 50 percent of the goods we use every day contain palm oil, from processed foods to candles, grooming products and “biofuels”. Read on for more information on why palm oil has become so pervasive, and how it is destroying rainforests.