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StoriesAsia Explains – How ‘Dirty’ is India’s Palm Oil?

StoriesAsia Explains – How ‘Dirty’ is India’s Palm Oil?

Why Environmentalists are Opposing its Plantation

India is currently the world’s largest importer of palm oil but the government is encouraging its plantation in the country’s northeast as a step towards “self-reliance.” However, environmentalists are warning against it, calling it “dirty palm oil” and citing examples of what palm oil plantation has done to forests in Indonesia and Malaysia. We explain how dirty it is.

StoriesAsia, a collective of independent journalists from 16 South Asian and Southeast Asian countries, seeks to replace the present-day parade of faceless numbers with humanising narrative nonfiction – a largely ignored journalistic genre in the region.

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