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Oil Palm: A Global History

Jonathan E. Robins


Oil palms are ubiquitous-grown in nearly every tropical country, they supply the world with more edible fat than any other plant and play a role in scores of packaged products, from lipstick and soap to margarine and cookies. And as Jonathan E. Robins shows, sweeping social transformations carried the plant around the planet. First brought to the global stage in the holds of slave ships, palm oil became a quintessential commodity in the Industrial Revolution. Imperialists hungry for cheap fat subjugated Africa’s oil palm landscapes and the people who worked them. In the twentieth century, the ... More

Keywords: Oil palm, Palm oil, Colonialism, Globalization, Agriculture, Food, commodity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9781469662893
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: May 2022 DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469662893.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jonathan E. Robins, author
Michigan Technological University