Posts Tagged with "Indigenous peoples"

The Human Cost Of Palm Oil Expansion

Thursday, November 10, 2011

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The Human Cost Of Palm Oil Expansion

“Before we had a happy life,” Ms. Gaong said she tells her grandchildren. “Now it’s a difficult life. There’s nothing left for them.” The recent story in the New York Times titled “Clashes Between Tribes and Agribusiness Increase in Malaysia” tells an all-too common story. It’s not a happy story. It’s the story of farming [...]

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Cargill’s Record Profits Come at the Expense of Record Deforestation

Thursday, August 18, 2011

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Cargill’s Record Profits Come at the Expense of Record Deforestation

Cargill just reported record profits of $4.2 billion dollars for its 2010 fiscal year, a 63% increase over the previous year. As the world’s biggest agricultural trader — and the largest importer of rainforest-destroying palm oil into the US — it’s easy to see how the company achieved such huge numbers. From Girl Scout cookies [...]

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Land Lost in Lies: Smallholder Schemes Gone Wrong

Friday, November 5, 2010

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Land Lost in Lies: Smallholder Schemes Gone Wrong

I’ve spent the past week visiting our partners in Indonesia and interviewing frontline communities directly impacted by the palm oil industry. The stories I’ve heard are haunting — tales of human rights abuses, negligent environmental destruction and the criminalization of Indigenous Peoples for trying to maintain some connection to their ancestral lands despite degradation caused by [...]

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Palm Oil Key Focus at General Mills Shareholder Meeting

Thursday, September 30, 2010

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Yesterday marked a huge shift in the U.S. food industry – it’s now official that the world’s sixth largest food company is taking concrete action to address their controversial sourcing of palm oil from Cargill. I attended General Mills’ annual shareholder meeting on Monday in Minneapolis, MN, and listened intently as CEO Ken Powell addressed [...]

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General Mills Under National Fire: New York to Minnesota

Sunday, May 2, 2010

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Last week was a busy one for General Mills, finding themselves increasingly under public scrutiny.  Not only are hundreds of children across the country now pressuring the company to get the palm oil out of their Cheerios, but during the 2010 Edison Awards in New York while receiving a gold award for their “Gluten Free [...]

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Indigenous peoples as the most effective protectors of rainforests

Monday, October 12, 2009

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RAN believes that indigenous peoples are the best stewards of rainforests. Supporting this belief, a new study by researchers at U of Illinois and U of Michigan has added to the growing body of evidence that indigenous peoples are better protectors of their forests than governments or industry. In a review of 80 forests in [...]

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