Posts By Ashley Schaeffer Yildiz

Ashley Schaeffer - who has written 100 posts on Rainforest Action Network Blog.

Born and raised in Mendocino County, Ashley Schaeffer Yildiz is a lifelong vegetarian and animal rights activist. She is a proud new mom, fiercely committed to halting industrial expansion of oil palm plantations to ensure that orangutans and other wildlife don't become extinct. Deeply inspired by nutrition and the food movement's work to reclaim our broken food system, Ashley has been a Palm Oil Campaigner at RAN since 2009. Before joining RAN, she worked on social and environmental justice campaigns across the country with Amazon Watch, Green Corps, and Greenpeace for several years. Prior to her career as an organizer she worked for the World Learning Institute in Ecuador.

Is Palm Oil Healthy For Your Family? Dr. Weil Weighs In

By Ashley Schaeffer, March 11 2014

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Is Palm Oil Healthy For Your Family? Dr. Weil Weighs In

This article originally appeared on onegreenplanet.org. Now that we’ve added trans fats to the list of ingredients to look for—and avoid—on supermarket labels, and the FDA is poised to ban them from the food supply altogether, we’re good, right? Not so fast, warns Dr. Andrew Weil, America’s leading expert in integrative medicine. Conflict Palm Oil [...]

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Is Palm Oil Healthy?

By Ashley Schaeffer, February 20 2013

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Is Palm Oil Healthy?

Could it be true that palm oil is not only bad for orangutans, but for our health too? According to institutions such as the World Health Organization (WHO) and the National Heart, Blood and Lung Institute, the answer is yes. Based on its saturated fat content and effects on blood cholesterol, several such organizations have [...]

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Is Dr. Oz Shilling for the Malaysian Palm Oil Mafia?

By Ashley Schaeffer, February 4 2013

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Is Dr. Oz Shilling for the Malaysian Palm Oil Mafia?

The public controversy around “America’s Doctor” is heating up. You may have noticed, for instance, the feature article in the most recent issue of New Yorker magazine titled “The Operator: is the most trusted doctor in America doing more harm than good?” As we recently reported, Dr. Oz, a TV personality who advocates healthy living [...]

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Dr. Oz Responds to the Pressure, But Doesn’t Go Far Enough To Correct His Mistake

By Ashley Schaeffer, January 24 2013

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Dr. Oz Responds to the Pressure, But Doesn’t Go Far Enough To Correct His Mistake

Thanks to the 14,430 (and counting) of you who signed the petition we created along with Orangutan Outreach, Dr. Oz has begun to tell his viewers the full story about palm oil—on his blog. But he hasn’t done enough. According to news reports, Dr. Oz’s enthusiastic support for red palm oil inspired a buying frenzy. [...]

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Free the Wayzata 3

By Ashley Schaeffer, December 13 2012

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Free the Wayzata 3

In what has become quite a local buzz, RAN just released a shocking video of police arresting a mother orangutan and her baby from a public bench in downtown Wayzata, Minnesota. To be perfectly clear, this mother orangutan, just like the hitch-hiking male orangutan that was arrested outside of Cargill’s HQ last week by private [...]

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EU Commission Gives Increasingly Controversial Palm Oil Green Stamp

By Ashley Schaeffer, December 4 2012

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EU Commission Gives Increasingly Controversial Palm Oil Green Stamp

The European Commission’s recent decision to accept palm oil as a “sustainable” transport fuel for the European Union is a huge set back for the protection of Indonesia’s remaining forests. As our world’s forests are converted into barren commodity concessions, exacerbating the connection between dwindling rainforests & climate change, political decision makers should be doing [...]

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RAN Issues Statement in Response to False Palm Oil Claims by Cargill

By Ashley Schaeffer, November 20 2012

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RAN Issues Statement in Response to False Palm Oil Claims by Cargill

Last week, Rainforest Action Network (RAN) contacted Cargill employees in over 20 countries to alert them to the company’s ties to rainforest destruction and orangutan extinction. The email urged employees to watch a recent eye-opening prime time NBC news story profiling the imminent extinction of orangutans due to unchecked palm oil expansion in Indonesia and [...]

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At What Cost?

By Ashley Schaeffer, October 22 2012

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At What Cost?

Late last week, NBC’s primetime program “Rock Center with Brian Williams” aired an episode about the destruction of the last remaining orangutan habitat, the Tripa forest of Indonesia, for palm oil plantations. Rainforest Action Network helped with the behind the scenes legwork to get this important program on the air. Now we need to maximize [...]

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Tell Cargill: Keep Corporate Influence Out of Science

By Ashley Schaeffer, September 20 2012

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Tell Cargill: Keep Corporate Influence Out of Science

Two weeks ago, the mainstream media caught fire with a Stanford study questioning the benefits of organic foods. It turns out the anti-organics study may have the fingerprints of agribusiness giants Cargill and Monsanto. That’s right, Big Ag has been bankrolling Stanford’s Food Security and the Environment (FSE) program. In fact, Cargill donated $5 million [...]

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Stop ‘NAFTA on steroids’!

By Ashley Schaeffer, September 5 2012

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Stop ‘NAFTA on steroids’!

We just got word that a round of closed door negotiations will begin this week for the largest free trade agreement in history. We are talking about NAFTA on steroids—an 11-country free trade agreement called the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). Right now, negotiations for the TPP are being conducted in secret. The corporate lobbyists pushing for this [...]

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