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Red Palm Oil Touted By Dr. Oz As A Diet Miracle Could Lead To ‘War On Orangutans’

In a recent announcement, Rainforest Action Network and Orangutan Outreach have set up an online petition urging Oz to retract his support of red palm oil. According to RAN and Orangutan Outreach, the cultivation of red palm oil is destroying jungles in Borneo and Sumatra. According to the two groups, 90 percent of palm oil originates in Indonesia and Malaysia. The increased demand for this product has led to massive forest clearings, putting ecosystems and wildlife in danger.

International Business Times
Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Rainforest Action Network Responds to Asia Pulp and Paper’s New Forest Commitments

Release Date: 
Tuesday, February 5, 2013

CONTACTS:

In the US: Laurel Sutherlin, 415.246.0161

In Indonesia: Lafcadio Cortesi, 62 821 45731116

Seismic Shift in US Publishing Sector as Major Players Shun Rainforest Destruction

Release Date: 
Friday, January 25, 2013

SAN FRANCISCO– HarperCollins’ recent public commitment to no longer source paper connected to endangered rainforests signifies a fundamental, sector-wide shift in the US publishing industry. This move by HarperCollins is on the heels of a major announcement in October by Disney, which released a comprehensive global paper policy covering the company’s vast array of businesses and licensees.

Just over two years ago, independent fiber tests revealed paper linked to Indonesian rainforest destruction in books sold by nearly all top American publishers.

Are Your Kids' Books Killing Tigers?

Getting your kid a book this holiday season? Before you pat yourself on the back for not buying some plastic crap destined for the dump, consider this: The book you bought might actually be destroying the rainforest.

Mother Jones
Friday, December 14, 2012

HC US accused of rainforest abuse

HarperCollins US has said it will look to “address any anomalies in our supply chain” after being accused of using paper from endangered rainforests in its children’s books.

The Bookseller
Thursday, December 13, 2012

News Corp publisher's books linked to paper from endangered rainforests: RAN

HarperCollins, a division of News Corp, has been accused by a conservation group of using materials sourced from Indonesia's endangered rainforests.

Independent forensic fiber tests commissioned by the Rainforest Action Network (RAN), showed that some of HarperCollins' children's books were printed with rainforest fiber.

Chicago Tribune
Thursday, December 13, 2012

Harper and Rainforest Action Network Collide Over New Warning

HarperCollins is challenging the methodology behind the newest advisory from the Rainforest Action Network that some of its children’s books contain paper harvested from vulnerable Indonesian rainforests. According to RAN, a test conducted in November of seven HC titles found three with “significant” quantities of acacia fiber that is mainly sourced from Indonesian rainforest and trace amounts in “several” others.

Publishers Weekly
Thursday, December 13, 2012

Cargill can save the orangutan

Until recently, one could be forgiven for not being aware of the direct connection between the consumption of palm oil and the imminentthreat of extinction facing orangutans in Indonesia. But for companies like Cargill that are at the center of this controversy, this excuse is running out.

Star Tribune
Wednesday, December 12, 2012

E.U. OKs biofuels produced from certified palm oil

Given these worries, several environmental groups condemned the European Commission's biofuel ruling, which came after a series of meetings with the palm oil industry.

MongaBay.com
Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Crunch time for sustainable palm oil

One of the RSPO’s principles is to abide by local regulations, meaning member palm oil producers have committed to avoiding planting on peat lands. However, RSPO members have not agreed to a definition for peat land for the purposes of CSPO.

Eco-Business.com
Thursday, November 29, 2012