Surprising findings on the risks associated with oil palm cultivation

oilpalm_large.jpgA new study co-authored by Anthropology Professor Lisa Curran identifies new risks associated with oil palm cultivation in Borneo, Indonesia. The new study, which was published in the Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeosciences, found that land clearing, plantation management and processing of oil palm fruits to make crude palm oil can send sediment, nutrients and other harmful substances into streams that run through plantations, thereby potentially harming fisheries, coastal zones, and coral reefs many miles downstream. For more information about this study, see articles on Stanford News and Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeosciences.