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Press Release: Palm Oil Giants Hit Pause Button On Bulldozers

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Friday, September 19th, 2014 CONTACT: Laurel Sutherlin, 415.246.0161 Laurel@ran.org Palm Oil Giants Hit Pause Button On Bulldozers Moratorium on forest clearance for palm oil plantations a ‘step in the right direction,’ RAN says companies must now stop the bulldozers for good and convince suppliers to do the same. SAN FRANCISCO—In the face of growing criticism over their “talk and log initiative,” known as the Sustainable Palm Oil Manifesto, five of the world’s largest producers and traders of palm oil have announced a commitment to temporarily halt the clearance of critical forest areas in their...

Press Release: Donut Giants Take First Step to Cut Ties with Conflict Palm Oil

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Wednesday, September 17th, 2014 CONTACT: Laurel Sutherlin, 415.246.0161 Laurel@ran.org Donut Giants Take First Step to Cut Ties with Conflict Palm Oil RAN welcomes commitments from donut giants as a ‘step in the right direction’ but says thorough, rapid implementation is needed to address the urgent crisis and eliminate Conflict Palm Oil from products globally. SAN FRANCISCO—In the face of growing criticism over their use of the controversial food additive Conflict Palm Oil, Dunkin’ Brands and Krispy Kreme Doughnuts have joined a growing global trend and released new palm oil sourcing commitments. These announcements are notable as...

Seattle Climate Activists Stop Oil-By-Rail With Daring Aerial Blockade

On Tuesday, five residents of Seattle and Everett, WA, working with Rising Tide Seattle, stopped work at a Burlington Northern Santa-Fe Rail Yard in Everett by erecting a tripod-structure on the outbound railroad tracks, directly in front of a mile-long oil train. Seattle resident, small business owner and mother Abby Brockway took bold and effective action by climbing the 18-foot tall tripod. A tripod is a tool used traditionally in forest defense that looks like a teepee without the tent canvas. Brockway was arrested, along with four other members of her team, after sitting atop a tripod for eight hours. The blockade stopped trains carrying both coal and oil. Numerous times, the police tried to extract her and she held out with additional lockdown devices to prolong her occupation.  Also at one point she told the police, she'd come...

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