Orangutans Visit Cargill Hometown for July 4

Written by DebraMichaud

Topics: Agribusiness

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Four RAN activists, two dressed in orangutan costumes,  spoke to hundreds of neighbors at a fourth of July celebration in Wayzata, Minnesota to call attention to Cargill’s role in rainforest destruction.  Cargill, one of the world’s largest privately-held companies, is also the largest importer of palm oil in the U.S.  Palm oil is the leading driver of rainforest destruction in Southeast Asia.

Wayzata, home to the Cargill headquarters, is a small suburb outside of Minneapolis. Neighbors there were receptive to the leafletters and requested more information.  The orangutans handed out over 200 postcards and captive families gathered around to learn about palm oil’s destruction of rainforests.  Some signed the postcards, which will be gathered and brought to Cargill executives at a later date.

Said one of the orangutans from Minneapolis:  “The U.S. leader of rainforest destruction is right in our backyard.  We’re here to let Cargill’s neighbors know about it.  We look forward to continuing our awareness-raising efforts in Wayzata.”

To learn more about Cargill’s role in rainforest destruction, please visit www.ran.org/Cargill.

4 Comments For This Post I'd Love to Hear Yours!

  1. David McGlocklin says:

    I will enter into an economic boycott of anything to do with cargill

    David McGlocklin

  2. sallie carlson says:

    The earth needs rainforests! Please don’t destroy them.

  3. Val Kerry says:

    We need Rainforest for the oxcegen ! but thats only one of many , many, REASONS

  4. Ellen Maisen says:

    I have just started a small business. One of the products I make is soap. I will design a page on our site to explain the issue of sustainability and the value of biodiversity. I believe we cannot destroy parts of the world’s biomes to have plantations to make a product for export. Well, I guess you can, but finding out about the plight of these magnificent, gentle, intelligent creatures by their “cousins” the humans is just unbelieveable. This is not what I was raised to value-money and quick profit over responsible use of the resources the earth provides to us. Leave some space for the orangutans. Leave their forests intact. Not to mention the local humans who probably are not helped by these plantations either. Very nice soap can be made without palm oil. I will only buy organic, sustainable palm if I use it. Funny thing, the kind I have been buying is organic and sustainable and not from Indonesia, so there are companies providing this to the public already, we need to continue to support them. Thank you for your dedication and efforts, this is a very important and immediate issue.

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