Haze is a benign word for the toxic smog that swamps the region every year between August and October when smallholder farmers in Indonesia clear their old oil palm crops using traditional slash and burn methods.
Hearing the news took me back to last year’s fires, which were unlike anything the region had ever seen before and which I experienced first-hand, while living in Malaysia.
Photo: A 10M hectare palm oil plantation in Borneo.
When is enough enough with regard to palm oil? Maybe when enough people get sick (forget about the dying orangutans, tigers, deforestation, etc). Maybe the preciousness of human life will make a difference.