Wednesday, May 30, 2012

PLANTATION LIFE (2) – jungle clearings and earthworks

Whenever I had the opportunity I would tag along during my husband's routine site inspections, to take pictures of the goings on in the plantation. Sharing here are photos on jungle clearings and earthworks activities in oil palm/cocoa cultivation - Tenegang, Kinabatangan, Sabah, Malaysia.

Greenpeace, Wetlands and Friends of the Earth are currently running elaborate campaigns against palm oil, pressuring developing nations to reduce or even eliminate the land conversion necessary to cultivate this basic food ingredient.

These green activists claim oil palm cultivation causes tropical deforestation, poses a serious threat to the global climate.

But these NGOs are silent on soya bean, rapeseed and sunflower farming causing deforestation in temperate countries. Too many questions remained unanswered:

……"How come these NGOs do not lobby for reforestation in Europe and the US? At the very least they should campaign for 10 per cent of the 100 million hectares planted with soyabean, rapeseed and sunflower to be with replanted with trees to absorb carbon dioxide from the polluted air there?….. quote

…..How come these NGOs do not tell their own governments to replant forest and restore the habitats for racoons, beavers, frogs, wild foxes, deers and bears?" …... quote

……Surprisingly, there is no such call by these NGOs for a moratorium on cars, ships, airplanes, oil exploration, coal mining and petrochemical processing industries, which all emit more carbon dioxide to the air than agriculture.

 "Isn't it ironic that the carbon emission of 3.5 tonnes from one tonne of depleting fossil fuel is tolerated while biofuels, which have the advantage of being renewable, are abhorred even though they are proven to be 35 to 65 per cent less polluting than fossil fuels?" …….quote

At the Malaysia-Indonesia Economic Seminar 2009, former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad advised the two top producers to speak with one voice to counter the anti-palm oil lobby by Europe-based environmental activists.

For more interesting read and a better understanding of this controversial environment issue please follow;

Everyday we consume palm oil without even knowing it. 
It starts with the toothpaste we use when we wake up in the morning; to the moisturizer we rub on our skin, to frying oil at restaurants. Even our electricity grids are powered by biogas plants at palm oil mills. Here.

The Impact of Oil Palm in Borneo
Rhett A. Butler. Here

Is Harvesting Palm Oil Destroying the Rainforests? Here


Environmental impact of palm oil. Here

Among The Great Apes With Michelle Yeoh :  A must watch!

This 50-minute documentary, which took 18 months to produce, tells of Malaysia's conservation efforts to protect the orangutan, which are among the planet's most endangered primates. Being the only great apes found in Asia, they now survive only on the islands of Sumatra and Borneo. Here

Remembering Michael Jackson and 
his beautiful “EARTH SONG” here.
“What about the bleeding Earth
(What about us)
Can't we feel its wounds
(What about us)
What about nature's worth”


Part 1: PLANTATION LIFE - How to Get there


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