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Uploaded on Wednesday 09 Feb 2011 by Peter Prokosch

Burning rainforest on Sumatra to make space for palm oil plantations, Indonesia

Year: 2010
From collection: World Forest Ecosystems
Taken by: Peter Prokosch
Large areas of Indonesia's rainforests have been converted to oil palm plantations, driven by rising global demand for the cheap vegetable oil popular with food manufacturers and as a renewable fuel (biofuel). Palm oil and palm kernel oil now make up one of the largest shares of global vegetable oil supply, with Indonesia and Malaysia accounting for 83% of global production. The rapid increase in plantation acreage is, however, one of the greatest threats to orangutans and forests on which they depend.
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