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Don't be fooled by the "Talk and Log" Initiative

Posted by 07/22/14

Some of the world’s largest producers and traders of palm oil have released a new initiative called the “Sustainable Palm Oil Manifesto”. They claim to be “accelerating the journey to no deforestation” but at the same time they're refusing to halt their bulldozers while they continue to destroy rainforests and peatlands.  Consumers and food manufacturing companies, including the Snack Food 20, that buy palm oil from manifesto members Kuala Lumpur Kepong Berhad (KLK), Sime Darby Plantation, IOI Group Corporation Berhad, Musim Mas Group, Asian Agri and Cargill International should not be fooled by their ‘talk and log’ manifesto. This ‘talk and log’ manifesto is a far weaker commitment than those recently adopted by other palm oil producers and traders, including Wilmar International, Golden Agri Resources (GAR) and members of the Palm Oil Innovation Group. The manifesto falls far short of these...   Read more

Turn Up The Heat on PepsiCo

Posted by 07/17/14

On May 20, thousands of us united in a Global Day of Action to tell PepsiCo to eliminate Conflict Palm Oil. PepsiCo responded by announcing a Forestry Stewardship Policy and Palm Oil Commitment, but neither of these new promises are strong enough to guarantee that Pepsi’s use of palm oil is not driving rainforest destruction, species extinction and human and labor rights abuses. PepsiCo is the largest globally distributed snack food company in the world - the company uses enough palm oil every single year to fill Pepsi cans that would stretch around the Earth 4 times - but it has fallen out of step with its peers and still has no truly responsible palm oil purchasing policy. This has to change -- and with your help it will. Are you with us? Instead of cutting Conflict Palm Oil from its products, PepsiCo continues...   Read more

Building Bridges: Connecting Animals & The Environment

Posted by 07/17/14

There has been an unusual disconnect between the environmental justice and animal rights communities that seems to have plagued our movements for some time.  That doesn’t mean animal rights activists haven’t been stopping bulldozers or that environmentalists aren’t putting themselves between the hunter and the hunted.  But when it comes down to general philosophies and organizations, they seem to part ways.  Whether it is differences in dietary choices or campaign focuses, the two camps seem to be split, with little resolve.  But Rainforest Action Network is hoping that will change.  This last weekend marked the 33rd Animal Rights National Conference coordinated by the Farm Animal Rights Movement.  It’s traditionally been an opportunity for animal rights activists and organizations to come together and share ideas, tactics, and campaign strategies, with an emphasis on being open to all points...   Read more

New Palm Oil 'Talk and Log' Initiative a Step Backward for Responsible Supply Chains

Posted by 07/11/14

CONTACT:Laurel Sutherlin, 415.246.0161 Laurel@ran.org New Palm Oil 'Talk and Log' Initiative a Step Backward for Responsible Supply ChainsRainforest Action Network says new commitment by major palm oil companies may actually undermine progress towards achieving responsible palm oil  San Francisco, CA - In a further sign of a growing trend, many of the world’s largest producers and traders of palm oil released a new initiative this week called the 'Sustainable Palm Oil Manifesto.' However, Rainforest Action Network (RAN) warns that the manifesto will not adequately address the current deforestation and climate crisis caused by palm oil expansion as it fails to require an immediate halt to the destruction of rainforests and peatlands throughout the signatories’ supply chains. The companies committing to the manifesto include Kuala Lumpur Kepong Berhad (KLK), Sime Darby Plantation, IOI Group Corporation Berhad, Musim Mas Group, Asian Agri and Cargill International. KLK was recently exposed for its controversial...  Read more

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