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Hidden Sources of Productivity in the Palm Oil Industry: Violence, Colonialism, and Small-Scale Farmers' Search for Autonomy in Colombia

Goal: Elaeis guineensis (oil palm) is native to the Gulf of Guinea, where humans have harvested its fruits for sustenance for millennia. In Latin America, palm oil seeds planted by enslaved Black people have provided an alternative source of sustenance and became a symbol of resistance. In contrast to these past contributions to autonomy, today the palm oil industry is known for its effects on environmental destruction and social dispossession. How did oil palm crops become such a destructive force? Who, and through which practices, can change this?

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Elaeis guineensis (oil palm) is native to the Gulf of Guinea, where humans have harvested its fruits for sustenance for millennia. In Latin America, palm oil seeds planted by enslaved Black people have provided an alternative source of sustenance and became a symbol of resistance. In contrast to these past contributions to autonomy, today the palm oil industry is known for its effects on environmental destruction and social dispossession. How did oil palm crops become such a destructive force? Who, and through which practices, can change this?