The Real Trespassers

Last May 6 to 10, an International Fact-Finding Mission (IFFM) was held in Tingalan and Bagocboc to investigate complaints of land grabbing received from a local indigenous peoples group. The IFFM was organised by Pesticide Action Network Asia and the Pacific (PAN AP), Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP), Asian Peasant Coalition (APC), Sentro Kitanglad and the Kalumbay Regional Lumad Organization, among other organisations. The IFFM was able to uncover incidents of harassment and violence against the Lumads (indigenous peoples of Mindanao) who refuse to give up their lands, as well as adverse health and environmental effects that are beginning to manifest due to the palm oil plantation’s use of pesticides. These effects are seen only to worsen with time, as corporate mono-cropping replaces indigenous and traditional farming practices at a rate as fast as the palm oil industry grows. Worldwide, the palm oil industry is vigorously expanding due to an increased global demand. Palm oil is versatile edible oil with many commercial uses. It is used in cooking, and as ingredient in processed foods, cosmetics, soaps, pharmaceuticals, and industrial and agrochemical products. It is also used as biodiesel. Agribusinesses have been attracted to growing palm oil, which is considered as one of the most economically produced “cash crops.” Palm oil trees need only three years to mature and bear fruits, and boasts of high yields. Combined with cheap labour that often accompanies palm oil plantations in developing countries, industry players are ensured fast and hefty profits.


Title: The Real Trespassers
Authors: Pesticide Action Network Asia Pacific
Tags: indigenous peoples
land grabbing
Date: 13-Jun-2012
Publisher: Pesticide Action Network Asia Pacific
Category Type: Reports
Appears in Sub-Collections:Land grabbing


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