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Mars Inc. Responds to Palm Oil Controversy With New Global Commitment

Release Date: 
Monday, March 10, 2014

San Francisco, CA- Following months of public campaigning and private negotiations with Rainforest Action Network (RAN), international food giant Mars Inc. today announced a sweeping new responsible palm oil procurement commitment. The new requirement demands that all palm oil companies supplying the US$30 billion company eliminate rainforest destruction, human rights violations and climate pollution from their supply chains or be dropped by 2015.

Dr. Andrew Weil: Conflict Palm Oil Bad for People and Planet

Release Date: 
Tuesday, February 25, 2014

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. - With the FDA widely expected to announce a ban on trans-fats within the year, America's sweets and snacks makers are rushing to eliminate the offending ingredients from their products. But the primary replacement they're turning to most - palm oil - isn't much better for people's health, according to Dr. Andrew Weil, America's leading expert in integrative medicine. What's more, most of the palm oil found in America's food supply, dubbed 'Conflict Palm Oil,' is produced in ways that cause large scale rainforest destruction and human rights abuses.

Kellogg’s Bows to Pressure, Issues New Palm Oil Commitment; Rainforest Action Network (RAN) Responds

Release Date: 
Friday, February 14, 2014

CONTACT:

Laurel Sutherlin, 415.246.0161 Laurel@ran.org

SAN FRANCISCO—In the face of growing criticism over its use of the controversial food additive palm oil, Michigan-based food giant Kellogg released a new palm oil sourcing commitment today. Today’s announcement is notable in that it goes beyond the often-criticized standards of  “sustainable” palm oil certified by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO).  

Valentine’s Candies Make Human Rights Activists See Red

Release Date: 
Tuesday, February 11, 2014

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - Grocery store customers in Baltimore, Ann Arbor, Phoenix, Fort Collins, and 250 other American cities will soon be finding stickers on their favorite Valentine’s Day candies that say, “There’s nothing romantic about #ConflictPalmOil.” The stickers are part of a Rainforest Action Network campaign to pressure Hershey’s and other top chocolate manufacturers to stop using palm oil that is linked to child labor, land grabbing, and rainforest destruction.

Conflict Palm Oil in Every Grocery Aisle

In September, the Rainforest Action Network (RAN) launched a campaign calling on the snack food industry to commit to responsible palm oil policies which source palm oil free from deforestation and human rights violations. Palm oil is a key ingredient in almost half of the processed foods sold in grocery stores, like ice cream, cookies, crackers, cereals, baby formula, soups and frozen meals.

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United States
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Borgen
Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Choosing down-to-Earth oils

For more than a decade the demand for vegetable oils has been growing at an unsustainable rate, leading to massive tropical deforestation, becoming a major contribution to global warming, according to a recent report by the nonprofit Union of Concerned Scientists. Palm and soy oils have contributed the most to deforestation.

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United States
6° 39' 52.5888" N, 15° 7' 1.8768" E
Mail Tribune
Sunday, December 15, 2013

Learning about the Rainforests Inspires Vintage Hills Students to Help Save Them

"When our teacher told us rainforests are being destroyed, we thought we should help save them," said Seanna. "We decided to hold a Rainforest Read-a-thon where our parents, friends and family would sponsor us."

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United States
6° 39' 52.5888" N, 15° 7' 1.8768" E
The Independent
Friday, December 13, 2013

Palm oil proving unhealthy for people, environment

 

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United States
6° 39' 52.5888" N, 15° 7' 1.8768" E
SF Gate
Friday, December 13, 2013

Five Foods That Are Killing the Planet

"PALM OIL is one of the largest causes of rainforest destruction," says Laurel Sutherlin, a Rainforest Action Network spokesperson. According to RAN, U.S. palm oil use has ballooned by 500 percent over the past 10 years—it's now in about half of all packaged foods.

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United States
6° 39' 52.5888" N, 15° 7' 1.8768" E
Sierra Club
Tuesday, December 10, 2013

World's biggest palm oil company makes zero deforestation commitment

Bill Barclay, Research and Policy Director with the Rainforest Action Network (RAN), agreed that Wilmar's policy is only the beginning of the transformation of the palm oil sector from a major driver of deforestation, greenhouse gas emissions, and social conflict toward something greener. 

“Wil

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United States
6° 39' 52.5888" N, 15° 7' 1.8768" E
MongaBay.com
Thursday, December 5, 2013