Palm Oil Newsroom

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

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

In Indonesia and Malaysia, as demand for palm oil grows, so do environmental, labor concerns

Slash-and-burn agriculture accounts for 80 percent of Indonesia’s carbon dioxide emissions, making it the world’s third-largest emitter of greenhouse gases, behind the United States and China.

The Washington Post
Monday, November 26, 2012

Rainforest group locks horns with Cargill

A rainforest advocacy group said agricultural conglomerate Cargill isn't serious about addressing deforestation concerns related to palm oil.

Rainforest Action Network said, in a statement, that it received a letter from Cargill saying the company has been trying to work with the advocacy group for more than four years. RAN published a statement it said was received by Cargill that said "RAN refuses to have a constructive engagement" about environmental issues.

UPI.com
Tuesday, November 20, 2012

RAN Responds to Leaked Palm Oil Statement by Cargill

Release Date: 
Monday, November 19, 2012

Contact: Laurel Sutherlin Laurel@ran.org 415.246.0161

San Francisco, CA - Last week, Rainforest Action Network (RAN) contacted Cargill employees in over 20 countries to alert them to the company’s ties to rainforest destruction and orangutan extinction. Palm oil is one of the leading causes of tropical deforestation and Cargill is the top importer of palm oil into the US as well as one of the largest palm oil traders worldwide.

What You Need to Know About a Worldwide Corporate Power Grab of Enormous Proportions

The corporate cabal behind a new trade agreement including Cargill, Pfizer, Nike and WalMart, has done an exceptional job of maintaining an almost total lack of transparency as they literally design the future we will all inhabit.

Alternet
Tuesday, September 11, 2012

EPA Palm Oil Fight Brewing

The EPA's analysis looked at the loss of rainforest and the draining of peatlands as the big net loss for palm-oil based biodiesel, which keeps the fuel from being classed as renewable under the RFS. However one group - the Rainforest Action Network - claims that EPA hasn't gone far enough. Scientific and environmental groups summarized their comments to EPA's proposed finding and while they agreed with EPA's conclusion, they argue that EPA's analysis actually underestimates the greenhouse gas emissions of palm oil.

Farm Futures
Monday, April 30, 2012

EPA Underestimates Emissions from Palm-Based Biofuels

Scientific and environmental groups announced that they will submit comments to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in response to EPA’s proposed finding that palm oil should not qualify for inclusion in the EPA’s Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) this morning.  While the organizations, including the Union of Concerned Scientists, World Wildlife Fund, the Natural Resources Defense Council, and the National Wildlife Federation, agreed with the EPA’s conclusion not to include palm oil, they argued that EPA’s analysis actually underestimates the greenhouse gas emissions of palm oil

Triple Pundit
Friday, April 27, 2012