THE KINGDOM OF DÊNDE
Palm oil (also known as dendê oil, from Portuguese) is a common cooking ingredient in the tropical belt of Africa, Southeast Asia and parts of Brazil.
We are here at the gates of the Amazon Forest, the state of Pará in Brazil, with a territory larger than Germany, where large extensions of land are being used to massively grow this fruit, which both has edible and industrial uses.
The high oil yield of the trees has encouraged wider cultivation, leading to the clearing of forests in order to make space for oil-palm monoculture. Though providing jobs to the local communities, the long time social and environmental impact in native people and forest is still unpredictable...
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