May 26, 2013 Common Dreams
Multinational corporations are seizing and deforesting large tracts of land in Indonesia.
This new "Corporate colonialism" is bringing farmer deaths, poverty, human rights violations and ecological catastrophe to Indonesia with little recourse for the local communities who suffer the effects of projects touted as "growth," the Guardian's John Vidal reports. In the match between corporate power and the poor in the archipelago, the number of conflicts is on the rise....
"These developments are classed as 'growth' but what we are seeing is the collapse of communities of fisherfolk or farmers and increasing poverty," he continues. "We are exchanging biodiversity for monocultures, local economies for global ones, small-scale producers are becoming labourers and community land is becoming corporate. This is the direction we are going."
One problem for communities is the growing number of palm oil plantations, which, Henry Sarigih, founder of the Indonesian Peasant Union, says "has spawned a new poverty and is triggering a crisis of landlessness and hunger."... http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/05/26-0
Upside, February 28, 2013
▶ A CORPORATION SHOULD BE MORE THAN A MONEY COW. We need a new market system according to Pavan Sukhdev, founder/CEO of GIST Advisory. A market that is not set on just financial success but for once focuses on the whole picture http://www.upsides.com/2013/02/28/why-a-corporation-should-be-so-much-more-than-a-money-cow/
allAfrica, January 07, 2014
▶ AFRICA: OUR MODERN, WESTERN AGRICULTURAL SYSTEM IS DESTROYING THE EARTH AND OUR HEALTH.
Today our food comes from across the world. More importantly, it is often produced in highly destructive ways, at the lowest possible cost.
Consequently our food production system is responsible for accelerating the rate of destruction of the very ecosystems we are reliant upon in order to maintain our delicate global environmental equilibrium.
We cut and clear the lungs of the world, our tropical rainforests, to feed livestock or grow dishonestly named "biofuels". We bulldoze natural filtration systems and the nurseries for life like wetlands and mangrove swamps to produce luxury foods for obese populations. http://allafrica.com/stories/201401071158.html?viewall=1
Al Jazeera America
▶ INTERACTIVE: CHINA'S AFRICAN SPENDING SPREE - Take a tour of the dams, stadums, mines and super-highways fnanced, sometimes controversially, by Beijing http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/interactive/2014/03/interactive-china-african-spending-spree-2014320121349799136.html
May 25, 2013 The Guardian
▶ THE ECONOMY OF ENOUGH: A BETTER PLAN THAN 'ENDLESS GROWTH' http://sco.lt/7f68zR
▶ INDONESIA: THE NEW CORPORATE COLONIALISM
Multinational companies have been encouraged by the Indonesian Government to seize and deforest land owned by the indigenous peoples..
"The presence of palm oil plantations has spawned a new poverty and is triggering a crisis of landlessness and hunger. Human rights violations keep occurring around natural resources in the country and intimidation, forced evictions and torture are common," said Sarigih. "There are thousands of cases that have not surfaced. Many remain hidden, especially by local authorities," he says....
▶ “SUSTAINABLE” PALM OIL SHOULD NOT DRIVE DEFORESTATION http://sco.lt/7N5vU1
▶ A BEAUTIFUL LIE: SEVEN COMPANIES POLLUTING THE WORLD WITHOUT CONSEQUENCES http://ablorg.tumblr.com/post/51915783854/7-companies-polluting-the-world-without-consequences
▶ MINING, FOREIGN LAND GRABS ENDANGERING ENVIRONMENT, ECOSYSTEMS AND LOCAL COMMUNITIES http://sco.lt/5M5eLp
▶ WORLD LOSING BIODIVERSITY THOUSAND TIME FASTER THAN NATURAL EXTINCTION: UN http://www.scoop.it/t/biodiversity-is-life/p/3618052038/world-losing-biodiversity-thousand-times-higher-than-natural-extinction-un
▶ MONSANTO GMO TREES COULD DEVASTATE FOREST ECOSYSTEMS, LEAVING A BIOLOGICAL DESERT http://sco.lt/51ekyH
▶ INDONESIA: THE RAPE AND PILLAGE OF SUMATRAN TIGER' LAST STRONGHOLD http://sco.lt/62jf3h
▶ *** SUMATRA, INDONESIA - THE RAINFOREST'S LAST STAND http://www.guardian.co.uk/global-development/video/2013/may/24/sumatra-indonesia-rainforest-video
▶ ORANGUTANS CLING TO LAST REMAINING TREE IN THEIR FOREST AS CORPORATE BULLDOZERS DECIMATE THE LAND http://sco.lt/6aimJ7
▶ *** TEN NEWS AUSTRALIA INVESTIGATION: PALM OIL ECOCIDE - http://www.scoop.it/t/biodiversity-is-life/p/1561454232/palm-oil-ecocide-ten-news-australia-video
▶ PALM OIL ECOCIDE - THE DEFORESTATION HOLOCAUST: Fast-Tracking Our Own Extinction http://www.scoop.it/t/biodiversity-is-life/p/1510545458/fast-tracking-our-own-extinction-the-deforestation-holocaust-
********STUNNING IMAGES******* OF WHAT WE'RE LOSING:
▶ THE BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY IN INDONESIA'S RAINFORESTS http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/05/25/international-day-for-biological-diversity_n_3332740.html
May 18, 2013 - Mongabay
▶ DEFORESTATION IN BRAZILIAN AMAZON PACING 88% HIGHER THAN LAST YEAR'S RATE http://news.mongabay.com/2013/0518-imazon-sad-update.html?utm_source=feedly
25 Jan 2013
▶ DEFORESTATION RISES AGAIN IN BRAZIL'S AMAZON
After years of gains against destruction of the Amazon rainforest, Brazil appears to be suffering from an increase in deforestation as farmers, loggers, miners and builders move into previously untouched woodland, according to data compiled by the... http://planetark.org/wen/67719
ACTION ALERT: May 20, 2013 Rainforest Portal -
▶ PROTECT PAPUA NEW GUINEA INDIGENOUS FROM CORPORATE RAINFOREST DESTRUCTION - PETITION http://www.rainforestportal.org/shared/alerts/sendsm.aspx?id=PNG_indigenous
▶ CAN UN REDD EVER BECOME GREEN?
*** CARBON AND FOREST ECOCIDE http://sco.lt/6uQmif
▶ ENOUGHNESS : WESTERN THOUGHT vs INDIGENOUS PHILOSOPHY http://sco.lt/6EFbPt
▶ **** TERRACIDE: THE BIGGEST CRIMINAL ENTERPRISE IN HISTORY - DESTROYING THE PLANET FOR RECORD PROFITS http://sco.lt/8vbBSb
▶ **** ERADICATING ECOCIDE: WHY BUSINESS LEADERS MUST STEP UP TO THE CHALLENGE http://sco.lt/56vkOH
▶ THE SIXTH MASS EXTINCTION IS UPON US. CAN HUMANS SURVIVE? http://sco.lt/630INt
▶ "WE HAVE FIVE MINUTES BEFORE MIDNIGHT" - IPCC REPORT: UN CHIEF SCIENTIST URGES ACTION ON CLIMATE CHANGE http://sco.lt/7C0zyb
▶ CONTEMPORARY AGRICULTURE IS BURNING UP OUR PLANET http://sco.lt/6xIJJx
▶ THE GREAT AMERICAN CORPORATE GIVEAWAY: OUR PUBLIC WILDLIFE PRESERVES: PESTICIDES, CHEMICALS, GMO CROPS AND BIOLOGICAL DESERTS http://sco.lt/99bwx7
▶ FOOD FORESTS CAN MITIGATE RISKS OF 'FEAST OR FAMINE" - BIG CORPORATE AG IS NOT THE ANSWER http://sco.lt/8q2M41
++++++DON'T MISS THIS AWARD WINNING DOCUMENTARY ++++++
▶ **** "REMEMBERING 'GREEN'"
▶ MORE ON INDONESIAN DEFORESTATION http://www.scoop.it/t/biodiversity-is-life?q=indonesia+deforestation
▶ AND MUCH MORE ON THE CORPORATE RAINFOREST PALMOIL ECOCIDE http://www.scoop.it/t/biodiversity-is-life?q=PALM+OIL+ECOCIDE