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Indonesia’s palm oil

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  • 1. KRISTIN COAD Indonesia’s Palm Oil
  • 2. Background
    • In crisis because of deforestation due to palm oil plantations
      • Habitat loss
    • Indonesia is the 3 rd largest CO2 emission country
    • Brought job opportunities
    • Palm oil should be brought to a minimum
  • 3. A1- Deforestation
    • Palm oil is the largest cause of deforestation in Indonesia
    • Millions of hectares of forest is already cut down
    • Palm oil from guarded land
    • Causing widespread damage
  • 4. CA1- Production/ cheaper fuel
    • Interest in palm oil as a renewable, green alternative
    • Spreading to Europe and the United States
    • Palm will be produce biodiesel for domestic markets
    • Lowest price in over 15 months
  • 5. A2- Global warming and habitat loss
    • 2,643 fire hotspots in Sumatra
    • Millions of tons of CO2
    • being released
    • Destroying habitats for Sumatran tiger and orangutan
    • Orangutan population has dwindled 50% in recent years
  • 6. CA2- Brought opportunities
    • Villagers without palm land fall below the poverty line
    • The more land owned, the more money is made
    • Small holders trying to support their families through palm oil
  • 7. A3- Short term benefit
    • It is up to the country to regulate production
    • Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO)
    • Criticism by Greenpeace
    • Laws are being enforced
  • 8. Solutions
    • Plantations are becoming hazardous to the environment
    • Palm oil plantations should stay at a minimum to reduce CO2 emissions and deforestation
  • 9. Solutions
    • Stick to enforced laws about only planting on degraded land
    • Buy less palm oil products
      • Reduce demand
  • 10. Works Cited
    • Cochrane, Joe. &quot;Miracle or Menace?&quot; Development Asia . 1 June 2008. Web. 24 May 2010. <http://development.asia/issue01/feature-01.asp>.
    • Knudson, Tom. &quot;Dark Side of a Hot Biofuel.&quot; Rainforest Portal . 08 Jan. 2008. Web. 04 May 2010.
    • Law, Bill. &quot;BBC News - Can Palm Oil Help Indonesia's Poor?&quot; BBC NEWS | News Front Page . 1 Mar. 2010. Web. 12 May 2010.
    • McDermott, Matthew. &quot;Malaysia and Indonesia To Expand Domestic Palm Oil Biodiesel as Commodity Price Drops.&quot; TreeHugger . 8 May 2008. Web. 23 May 2010. <http://www.treehugger.com/files/2008/08/malaysia-indonesia-increase-palm-oil-biodiesel-production.php>.
    • McDonald, Frank. &quot;Indonesia’s Failure to Protect Rainforest Criticized.&quot; Record number: 9FY3654512167. EBSCOhost . 16 June 2009. Web. 6 May 2010.
    • Miniscalco, Emma. &quot;Is Harvesting Palm Oil Destroying the Rainforests?: Scientific American.&quot; Science News, Articles and Information | Scientific American . 11 Dec. 2008. Web. 9 May 2010
    • Murray, James. &quot;Indonesia Lifts Ban on Palm Oil Plantations - 19 Feb 2009 - BusinessGreen.com.“ BusinessGreen.com News . 19 Feb. 2009. Web. 10 May 2010.