Deerfield, Illinois—Today, activists with Rainforest Action Network (RAN), including one dressed as an orangutan met with company officials at the headquarters of local food giants Kraft and Mondelez after the group announced a national campaign yesterday to remove “Conflict Palm Oil” from America’s snack foods. A protest at Chicago’s Board of Trade yesterday morning publicly named the 20 snack food companies that RAN’s campaign will focus on. Today’s visits are the first two company stops on a recently launched national tour by RAN called The Power Is In Your Palm Tour.
Greenpeace, WWF and the Rainforest Action Network welcome the termination of ties between the Forest Stewardship Council and APRIL, which they say acknowledge their complaint on the paper and pulp company’s alleged deforestation practices
In 2007, two kids in Michigan set out to earn their Girl Scout Bronze Award by raising awareness about the endangered orangutan. They learned that the orangutans’ habitat is being destroyed to plant oil palm plantations. After making the shocking discovery that palm oil was an ingredient in Girl Scout cookies, they launched a campaign to make Girl Scout cookies rainforest-safe.
Aditya Bayunanda of the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Indonesia said that by quitting the FSC, APRIL was avoiding independent scrutiny of its operations as presented in the NGOs' formal complaint to the FSC.