ENVIRONMENT: People, Palm Trees, and Survival


Traditional knowledge and modern gear combine to protect Amazonian wild palms.

Palm oil, which is rich in saturated fats and therefore uniquely suited for use in processed food and biodiesel production, is an increasingly important international commodity. To meet growing demand, African palm plantations have spread across Malaysia, Indonesia, and Thailand and are becoming common in tropical regions of South America.

Ana Galvis-Martínez
León Ávila
Publication date: 
January 14, 2014
Publication type: 
Berkeley Review of Latin American Studies Article