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Market GardensOff shore Gold mine

New palm oil plantation

£569.25 (including 15 % tax)

This image is of the new palm oil plantation, near Pundu, Borneo, Indonesia Latitude / Longtitude:(1°59' S – 113°06' E).

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On the island of Borneo, palm trees are rapidly replacing virgin tropical forests. The clearing of forests leads to the loss of 80% of the original flora and to 80 to 90% of animal species such as the endangered orang-outangs. World demand for palm oil is one of the driving forces behind widespread deforestation in parts of Asia. Indonesia is about to take the lead over Malaysia as the world’s top producer of palm oil. In early 2007, there were 6 million hectares of plantation compared to 600,000 in 1985. The Indonesian goverment is planning to add 7 million more hectares in the next five years. World demand for palm oil has soared because this commodity enters in the composition of many food products from chips to ice cream, but also in detergents and cosmetics. Last but not least, palm oil can be used to make biofuels for developed countries, meaning one day this edible oil might become too expensive for consumers in developing countries to afford.

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