Deep in The Oil Palm Estates

September 2012 PHOTO ESSAY
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As the world's largest palm oil exporter, much of Malaysian is now covered with this "golden crop". Seen by the government as a lucrative commodity that will bring economic development to rural areas, the rapid takeover of indigenous land and conversion of forested areas to oil palm plantations has created vociferous backlash from the forest communities and environmentalists alike. Within many of these oil palm estates lives an almost isolated community of cheap workforce made up mostly of migrant workers...

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