Forests Newsroom

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.

RAN Responds to Indonesian Pulp and Paper Giant's New Forest Policy

Release Date: 
Wednesday, January 29, 2014

On Tuesday, Indonesia's second largest pulp and paper company, Asia Pacific Resources International Limited (APRIL), announced an updated Sustainable Forest Management Policy.  Controversies related to deforestation and human rights violations caused by the business practices of APRIL and its owner Sukanto Tanoto have surrounded the company for years.

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. 

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

Could Dumping Trans Fat Kill the Rainforest?

 

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United States
6° 39' 52.5888" N, 15° 7' 1.8768" E
ForeignPolicy,com
Wednesday, November 27, 2013

How Palm Oil in Everything From Food to Fuel Is Killing Orangutans and Exacerbating Climate Change

Palm oil. It’s the ubiquitous additive in everything from soaps and lotions to cookies and diet foods. It’s found in junk food like Cheez-Its, Tootsie Rolls, and M&Ms, but it’s also found in the products of more ecologically conscious companies like Ben & Jerry’s, Nature’s Way, and Toms of Maine. According to Rainforest Action Network (RAN), palm oil can be found in almost half of the products found in grocery stores.

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United States
6° 39' 52.5888" N, 15° 7' 1.8768" E
AlterNet.org
Monday, November 18, 2013