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|Sectors||Agriculture for Palm Oil|
Biopalma is a subsidiary of Vale S.A. in partnership with the MSP Group.
Biopalmda da Amazônia is a Brazilian palm oil company, founded in 2006. It has around 50,000 ha of planted palm oil plantations and it operates a palm oil mill. A refinary should be ready by 2015. The goal of the company is to produce biodiesel, which will be used for Vale's coal trains.
Human rights and social issues
In the municipality of Acará there is a strong land conflict between Biopalma and the quilombola community that lives in the area, who claim the land that Biopalma is using. When Biopalma arrived in the region in 2010, it bought 176 properties, adding up to 60,000ha, in the region of Tome-Açu, of which some are located within quilombola territory. The conflict is specially tense in the community of Massaranduba.
The arrival of the palm oil plantations has caused two general effects, according to ferderal university professor João Nahum. One is the migration of smallholders to work in the plantations, leaving behind their family and their way of life. Another is that traditional farming is being abandoned, in favour of palm oil. Whereas most people before would produce a large amount of their own food, they now are employed by the companies or, as they have lost their land, seek refruge in the cities.
The chemical products used in the plantations are contaminating the water.