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The Leuser Ecosystem, one of the most important rainforests in Southeast Asia, is being destroyed for massive industrial development including the expansion of palm oil plantations. Everyday important sections of this precious ecosystem are being systematically cut down, pushing rare species like Sumatran orangutans, elephants and rhinos to the brink of extinction. A new RAN report exposes the links between palm oil giant Musim Mas Group and this destruction. The destruction of the Leuser Ecosystem has to stop and with your help it will. Take action today and tell Musim...

Triple Pundit: Pepsi True Savaged on Amazon Over Palm Oil Controversy

"Less than two months ago PepsiCo hyped a new soft drink product, Pepsi True, as an alternative to the high fructose corn syrupy sweet and artificially sweetened zero-calorie options the company has long pitched to consumers. This new drink, sweetened with stevia root, promised to be “a new kind of cola that is almost too good to be true” and was rolled out for sale exclusively on Amazon." READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE

The Huffington Post: Efforts to End Deforestation Brings Together Strange Bedfellows

"In 2007, the Rainforest Action Network (RAN) launched a campaign to persuade Cargill -- the largest exporter of palm oil into the US, and one of a handful of traders that dominate the industry -- to stop buying oil grown on newly cut forests and peatlands. When Cargill refused to budge, RAN changed its strategy and began targeting the company's clients, the so-called "snack food 20," which includes corporations like Hershey's, General Mills, and Kraft. This new tactic paid off. Some of the high profile brands began demanding that their suppliers get serious about deforestation. And in September, Cargill announced a sweeping no-deforestation policy and endorsed the New York Declaration on Forests, joining other major palm oil traders including the Singapore-based Wilmar and the Indonesian company Golden Agri-Resources. The two leading pulp and paper companies in Indonesia, Asia Pacific Resources International Limited and Asian Pulp and Paper, have followed suit...

The Dallas Morning News: Protest over ‘palm oil’ threatens launch of lower-calorie cola

"An online protest over the use of palm oil by Frito-Lay is threatening to undermine the launch of a new reduced-calorie cola by its sister brand, Pepsi, which uses no palm oil. PepsiCo Inc., the parent company of both Plano-based Frito-Lay and Pepsi, launched its new Stevia-sweetened cola, called Pepsi True, exclusively on Amazon.com Oct. 13. PepsiCo has a lot riding on the product launch, which followed a substantial amount of research and testing. PepsiCo is among the major soft drink players scrambling to find a natural, low-calorie sweetener to help reverse sagging soft drink sales. Earlier this week, a campaign organized by the groups Rainforest Action Network and SumOfUs led to more than 3,000 negative customer reviews being posted on the Pepsi True page on Amazon.com." READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE

The Independent: Pepsi True back on Amazon after product dissappeared from catalogue amid pressure from environmentalist groups

"Amazon has reinstated Pepsi True's page on its website after the listing was flooded with negative reviews from environmentalist groups over its "irresponsible" use of palm oil. The campaign was led by activist group SumOfUs.org and the Rainforest Action Network coinciding with the launch of Pepsi's stevia drink- Pepsi True- which is sold exclusively on Amazon." READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE

Palm Oil: Where to From Here?

As Rainforest Action Network’s palm oil campaigners wrap up a full, fast and furious week here at the 12th annual gathering of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, we can’t help but reflect a bit on this pivotal moment. This...

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