Look here, an up-close look at Malaysian Borneo’s palm-oil plantations explores the global controversy—and the way forward.
Female farm workers hold bags of Canadian potash fertilizer.
At a Borneo mill, fruit collected from nearby fields awaits processing.
A backhoe operator attempts to improve the drainage on an old plantation being readied for replanting.
A drone photograph of plantation-worker dormitories in Sumatra.
Plantation workers load just-harvested clusters of fruit onto a tractor cart.
The women leave their children at an on-site daycare center while they work, applying fertilizers and spraying defoliants and pesticides.
Oil-palm bunches are transferred to a processing plant by tractor.
Land in Sumatra is cleared of tropical forest in anticipation of an unsanctioned oil-palm plantation. The 740 acres of felled trees were eventually burned and mulched for use as fertilizer.
This story was produced in partnership with the Food & Environment Reporting Network, a nonprofit news organization.
Completed in 2017
Photographer: George Steinmetz
Reporter: Jocelyn C. Zuckerman