Based on the below story, “Scientists Say Massive Palm Oil Plantation Will ‘Cut the Heart Out’ of Cameroon’s Rainforest,” found here (palm oil is a world-wide scourge,not just in southeast Asia):
I wrote an email (back in March 2012) to the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil — which is hardly the only solution to the palm oil problem (see tagged story below for reasons why the RSPO has its critics):
According to an article on Mongabay.com, Herakles Farm in Cameroon has misled and deceived the government on the environmental impact of, and the nature of, the rainforest area which is to be the home of this huge palm oil plantation. In a point-by-point analysis, the article, supported by a letter written by scientists, point out that this farm is anything but sustainable and will “cut the heart out of” the precious eco-systems of this fragile environment.
For this reason, I request that the RSPO either pull its sustainability certification of this farm, or not certify it altogether.
They responded today with this:
Thank you for your email.
Please be advised that we have received similar comments form various sources with regards to this matter. The RSPO has acknowledged these issues to the company, and is currently taking the necessary action on this matter accordance to the RSPO standard NPP Procedures.
Should you require further assistance, please do not hesitate to contact me.
So hopefully the RSPO (even with its alleged faults and handicaps) — and the whole world — is watching.
Read this damming report on this sickening project:
UPDATED 5/2013:. Looks like work on this mega-destruction project has been halted thanks to the local, national, and international outcry.
Read this damning assessment of this project.
UPDATED: 12/11/2013: Bruce Wrobel, lead cheerleader for Herakles Farms, who was forced to resign from his CEO position over the summer, has apparently (and unconfirmed) committed suicide. What does that say?
The disgraced former Chief Executive Officer of Sithe Global Sustainable Oils Cameroon (SG-SOC) alias Herakles Farms had been embroiled in controversies over his corruption and intimidation of local communities in Mundemba, Toko and Nguti to acquire their lands for an oil palm project.
Bruce Wrobel and his Cameroon agents and assigns got the former Minister of Planning and Regional Development, MINPAT to sign an Establishment Convention for the clearing of 73,086 hectares of pristine rain forest in South West Cameroon. The convention agreed in principle to allow the company to do oil palm business in Cameroon for 99 years.
- Sustainable Palm Oil; what it doesn’t mean. (benjaminblech.wordpress.com)