Sabah Palm Oil Fields
Relentless palm oil plantations have replaced huge areas of secondary rainforest in this part of Borneo with devastating impacts to forest habitat, indigenous people and wildlife. The United Nations Environment Programme states that palm oil plantations are now the leading cause of rainforest destruction in Borneo and Indonesia and the burning of forests to clear land for palm oil plantations is a major cause of air pollution in Southeast Asia. Palm oil is the cheapest vegetable oil to produce and has a longer shelf life than other vegetable oils which helps explain why its found in over 50% of our packaged foods.
All images Copyright Jim Johnston 2017.