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Coming Soon! Global Day of Action to Cut Conflict Palm Oil!

By Gemma Tillack, March 24 2014

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Coming Soon! Global Day of Action to Cut Conflict Palm Oil!

Thanks to your hard work and consumer pressure, the palm oil industry is on the move. Several of the Snack Food 20 companies we are targeting have already committed to eliminate Conflict Palm Oil from their supply chain, or are in the process of doing so. But 5 of the biggest players are still dragging [...]

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Revelations on illegal Indonesian logging sends clear message to governments and buyers

By Lafcadio Cortesi, March 22 2014

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Revelations on illegal Indonesian logging sends clear message to governments and buyers

Last week the former governor of Riau province in Sumatra, the epicenter of deforestation in Indonesia, was sentenced to 14 years in prison by Indonesia’s anti corruption court for taking bribes for illegally issuing logging permits to nine suppliers of APRIL’s Riau Andalan Pulp and Paper and APP’s Indah Kiat mills. This conviction follows similar convictions [...]

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RAN Rocks Expo West Conference

By Megan Szrom, March 20 2014

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RAN Rocks Expo West Conference

Health food companies selling products with Conflict Palm Oil are called to address the Orangutan in the room. Last weekend, RAN took the truth on Conflict Palm Oil to the Expo West Natural Foods Conference in Anaheim, CA. A sea of 67,000 natural food industry exhibitors showcased everything from snackfood to health and beauty products. [...]

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PepsiCo Says No More Land Grabbing; Now Needs To Cut Conflict Palm Oil and Deforestation

By Ginger Cassady, March 18 2014

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PepsiCo Says No More Land Grabbing; Now Needs To Cut Conflict Palm Oil and Deforestation

Today, food and beverage giant PepsiCo declared that it will no longer accept land grabbing in its global supply chains. Land grabbing occurs when Indigenous Peoples or local communities are kicked off their land so corporations can make profits from growing palm oil, sugar, and other crops. This announcement comes after significant consumer pressure from [...]

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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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Mars Steps Up!

By Gemma Tillack, March 10 2014

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Mars Steps Up!

We have great news—your actions are delivering REAL victories for rainforests. After nearly a year of negotiations, Mars has announced that it will only source palm oil from companies that are not destroying rainforests and carbon-rich peatlands or causing human rights abuses! Even better, Mars has set a deadline that its suppliers must meet to [...]

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Climate Culprits Exposed In New Scorecard

By Gemma Tillack, March 5 2014

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Climate Culprits Exposed In New Scorecard

We know that keeping forests standing, along with keeping fossil fuels in the ground, offers Earth’s best hope for fighting catastrophic climate change. Yet everyday rainforests and carbon-rich peatlands are destroyed, burnt and replaced with row upon row of palm oil plantations. This destruction has propelled Indonesia, the world’s largest exporter of palm oil, into [...]

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How to Drive Change Through the Palm Oil Supply Chain

By Kiran Ponada, February 19 2014

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How to Drive Change Through the Palm Oil Supply Chain

Over the past ten years, the disappearance of Indonesia’s and Malaysia’s most rich, pristine, and biologically diverse rainforests has been accelerating faster than ever. These rainforests are now ground zero for climate change, and the only home of dwindling populations of wild orangutans, Sumatran tigers, elephants, and countless other life forms. Millions of people also [...]

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Does Your Family’s Valentine’s Candy Contain Child Labor?

By Laurel Sutherlin, February 14 2014

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Does Your Family’s Valentine’s Candy Contain Child Labor?

First, the bad news. This week, as millions of schoolchildren across the U.S. share Valentine’s candy and chocolate, they’ll be unwittingly—and unwillingly—contributing to child labor taking place on the other side of the world. One of the key ingredients in Hershey’s chocolates—and many other Valentine’s candies—is responsible for widespread child labor and human rights violations, [...]

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An Urgent Request from Indonesian Conservationists

By Laurel Sutherlin, December 11 2013

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An Urgent Request from Indonesian Conservationists

The following post is a guest blog from Indonesian conservationist and RAN ally Tezar Pahlevie. Please watch the brief following video of Tezar speaking to RAN staff from his home province of Aceh in Sumatra, Indonesia from November 2013. Please take action now to protect the extraordinary Leuser Ecosystem forever! You can read more from [...]

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