The palm oil industry is trashing the rainforests. Worldwide, plantations already cover 27 million hectares, an area larger than the UK. Nature and endangered animals such as orangutans are not the only ones feeling the pressure – the plantation workers also suffer under the ruthlessness of the palm oil industry.
The human rights organization Amnesty International has documented systematic human rights violations on oil palm plantations in Indonesia in its report The Great Palm Oil Scandal: Labour Abuses Behind Big Brand Names.
These include child labor and forced labor, discrimination against women, and exploitative and hazardous labor practices that endanger the health of the workers. These are not isolated incidents, but established business practices of companies in the Wilmar Group and their suppliers. Singapore-based Wilmar is the world’s largest palm oil vendor.
Children aged 8 to 14 years are forced into dangerous work. According to Amnesty, some no longer go to school because they have to help their parents meet their harvesting quotas.
Household brands such as Colgate-Palmolive, Kellogg’s, Nestlé, Unilever and Procter & Gamble all profit from the cheap oil produced without regard to human rights or the environment.
Here is a link to a petition saying NO to child labor for palm oil should you like to sign. –
The petition site also suggests steps you can take to make a difference too, many that we here at RTV have always advocated. Such as spending your money wisely, especially in times where the chemicals and poisons of Babylon are finding there way into our food and bodies.