An Indonesian girl works at a palm oil plantation area in Pelalawan, Riau province, Indonesia. Photo: AFP

Palm oil is cheap, but it’s also an eco-disaster

With Southeast Asian economies in the balance – especially Indonesia and Malaysia – the fruit producers must address growing concerns about environmental and employee abuses without losing their competitive edge 

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An Indonesian girl works at a palm oil plantation area in Pelalawan, Riau province, Indonesia. Photo: AFP
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Laura Villadiego

Laura Villadiego

Born and raised in Spain, Laura Villadiego is a freelance journalist specialized in human rights, labour issues and the environment. Based in Thailand, she has been covering Southeast Asia since 2009. Her work has been published in international media outlets, such as Al Jazeera, The Guardian or the Spanish News Agency EFE. She has also co-authored two books focused on supply chains.