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January 19, 2018


Indonesia rejects U.S. research estimate of 100,000 ‘haze’ deaths

By Fergus Jensen and Bernadette Christina Munthe JAKARTA (Reuters) – Harvard and Columbia university research showing smoke from land fires in Southeast Asia led to more than 100,000 premature deaths last year “makes no sense at all,” an official at Indonesia’s Health Ministry said on Tuesday. Indonesian government records show only 24 deaths related to

Exploitation, child labour found in Indonesia palm oil linked to PepsiCo – charities

By Beh Lih Yi JAKARTA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Food and beverage giant PepsiCo’s affiliate in Indonesia has been linked to child labour, worker exploitation, unethically low wages and hazardous working conditions, activists said. A two-month investigation found “a disturbing system of abuse” on palm oil plantations run by a subsidiary of food manufacturer Indofood,