Usumacinta River, 2013. Photo via Flickr Creative Commons.

Chronicle of a Palm Oil Ecocide

By Jeff Conant, senior international forests program manager

An estimated 100 miles of the Pasión River were affected by the mass fish die-off. Photo courtesy of El Informante Petenero.

Hundreds of thousands of people, mostly indigenous Qeq’chi Mayans, live along the Pasión and rely on the river for their subsistence.

Municipality of Sayaxché on the Pasión River. Photo via Flickr Creative Commons.

Globally, the palm oil sector is riddled with human rights abuses.

Palm Oil extraction in Guatemala. Photo via Flickr Creative Commons.

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