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[“Wherever you find the palm oil industry, you find progress” (Fedepalma 2002). This claim forms the essence of a promotional video that marked the 40th anniversary of Fedepalma, the National Federation of Oil Palm Growers of Colombia.]
[Many of the adverse social and environmental impacts associated with the palm oil industry that were mentioned in the previous chapter exceed strictly legalistic definitions of crimeCrime, definition/concept of.]
[As mentioned previously, the principal focus of this study lies on the social and environmental harmsEnvironmental harm/degradation associated with the operations of the palm oil industryPalm oil industrydrivers in the Pacific coast regionPacific coast region of Colombia.]
[Towards the end of August 2016, a peace agreementPeace agreement between the government of President Santos and the FARCFuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (FARC) was reached but when put to the Colombian people for approval in a referendum held on October 2, 2016, the agreement was...
[In the previous chapter, I sketched the broader context within which to consider the operations of the palm oil industry, and the corresponding politics of harmPolitics of harm, in the Colombian Pacific coast regionPacific coast region.]
[In industry discourse, oil palm is praised as a “social and ecological crop” (La agroindustria de la palma de aceite en Colombia, Fedepalma, Bogotá, 2006). Whether palm oil production is really all that social and ecological differs greatly according to what, and whose, criteria are followed.]
[In sharp contrast to government and industry depictions of palm oil as a source of progress and prosperity, for many inhabitants of Colombia’s Pacific coast palm oil is not considered to generate the conditions for a better tomorrow.]
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