Posts Tagged with "agribusiness"

Amazing! Orangutan Asks Girl for Help in Sign Language

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

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Amazing! Orangutan Asks Girl for Help in Sign Language

For the last several months, Rainforest Action Network (RAN) has teamed up with the creative geniuses at Free Range Studios to make this poignant two-minute film about the impacts of “Conflict Palm Oil” on orangutans—as seen through the eyes of a little girl communicating to an orphaned orangutan through sign language. RAN is doubling down [...]

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Dunkin’ Feels the Heat in Boston

Monday, October 7, 2013

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Dunkin’ Feels the Heat in Boston

Today I visited the corporate headquarters of Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc. with Strawberry, an orphaned orangutan from Indonesia, to let the company know that consumers all across the world want Dunkin’ to stop using Conflict Palm Oil in its products. Dunkin’ has recognized the problems associated with the production of Conflict Palm Oil but it [...]

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Exposed: Child Labor in the US Food Supply

Monday, July 29, 2013

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Exposed: Child Labor in the US Food Supply

At the age when kids in the US are attending middle school and going to soccer practice, too many children across Indonesia and Malaysia are forced to work long days doing back-breaking labor in the harsh and sweltering conditions of industrial palm oil plantations. These children often do not receive pay or have the opportunity [...]

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What is the Price of Palm Oil?

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

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What is the Price of Palm Oil?

What is palm oil? Why are rainforests being burned down for palm oil? How can you help stop rainforests from being burned down for palm oil? These are good questions—and we have answers. Here’s everything you need to know about the world’s most widely used edible oil. Read all about it in this blog, or [...]

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Tackling Indonesia’s Deforestation Crisis Together

Thursday, June 27, 2013

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Tackling Indonesia’s Deforestation Crisis Together

Jakarta – As fires continue to burn the rainforests of Sumatra and customers around the world continue to raise the volume of their demands for deforestation-free products, a group of powerful individuals have gathered to align on how to stop this spiraling crisis. The workshop is organized under the auspices of the Tropical Forest Alliance [...]

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Clearing the Smog: RAN Pushes Companies and Governments to End Indonesia’s Deforestation Crisis

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

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Clearing the Smog: RAN Pushes Companies and Governments to End Indonesia’s Deforestation Crisis

On my way to Jakarta yesterday for a series of meetings with the Tropical Forest Alliance—a consortium of government and corporate leaders from around the world working to confront the world’s deforestation crisis—I stopped for a layover in Singapore. I was immediately hit over the head by the urgency of our task. There, just outside [...]

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Why ‘RSPO Sustainable Palm Oil’ is not responsible

Thursday, April 25, 2013

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Why ‘RSPO Sustainable Palm Oil’ is not responsible

When you go to the grocery store and you buy a bag of chips, a chocolate bar, crackers, ice-cream, doughnuts, frozen snacks or other candy, you may see a label on the products saying ‘RSPO Certified Sustainable Palm Oil’ or ‘Green Palm Sustainability.’ Such labeling makes it is easy to think that the product you [...]

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The Fate of Orangutans Is in Cargill’s Hands

Thursday, November 29, 2012

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The Fate of Orangutans Is in Cargill’s Hands

Would you expect to get shot over 100 times in your own neighborhood? Probably not, but that’s what recently happened to a female orangutan when an agribusiness giant decided to set up shop by her house. Aan, a 15 year old orangutan, was shot by a plantation worker after wandering into a palm plantation, a [...]

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Big Questions Remain after Palm Oil Summit

Friday, November 2, 2012

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Big Questions Remain after Palm Oil Summit

After two days at the tenth annual meeting of the Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), I had just about given up on hearing anything controversial. The RSPO is a multi-stakeholder group and process that aims to, in its own words, “transform the palm oil sector” by establishing a certification for palm oil that is [...]

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Alert! Desperate Orangutans Spotted Panhandling in Minnesota

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

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Alert! Desperate Orangutans Spotted Panhandling in Minnesota

A small population of homeless Sumatran orangutans has reportedly been panhandling near the headquarters of agribusiness giant Cargill on the outskirts of Minneapolis, Minnesota. It seems these distraught red apes have descended on the small, affluent town of Wayzata to protest what they say is the destruction of their rainforest habitat for palm oil by [...]

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