Rainforest Action Network Stands By Evidence that Cargill is Destroying Rainforests

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Thursday, May 6, 2010

Minneapolis, Minn. – Rainforest Action Network (RAN) released the following statement today in response to Cargill’s denial of the evidence presented in our May 4, 2010 report, Cargill’s Problem with Palm Oil: A Burning Threat in Borneo.

“No one wishes more than we do that Cargill wasn’t destroying rainforests. Pictures and maps don’t lie, however.

“We stand by the evidence released in our report that Cargill’s plantations in Indonesia are cutting down rainforests, violating the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), and are out of compliance with Indonesian law.”

“We believe that Cargill’s statement confirms our evidence that Cargill’s CTP Holdings has in fact cleared rainforests on PT Indo Sawit Kekal and that their plantations are in an – at best – irregular permitting situation. We are encouraged that Cargill claims in their response to have performed social and environmental assessments that are not currently in the public domain. If this is true, we urge them to make these important documents public as soon as possible.”

“Evidence presented in our report clearly shows that Cargill is burning rainforests and destroying peatlands, polluting waterways and failing to consult or compensate communities as they are required to do under RSPO rules, Indonesian law and international law. They are also failing to provide transparency within their supply chain, or to screen out particularly problematic suppliers, including SALCRA and Sinar Mas Group.”

“Wishing inconvenient truths away does not make them any less true. We urge Cargill to take immediate and public action to address the problems presented in our report.”

The full text of RAN’s report can be found here: http://www.ran.org/cargillreport

Maps and pictures from the report can be downloaded, free, here: http://rainforestactionnetwork.smugmug.com/Palm-Oil/Cargills-Problems-Wi...

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Rainforest Action Network runs hard-hitting campaigns to break North America’s fossil fuels addiction, protect endangered forests and Indigenous rights, and stop destructive investments around the world through education, grassroots organizing, and non-violent direct action. For more information, please visit: www.ran.org