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In the Battle to Save Forests, Activists Target Corporations

The image of rainforests being torn down by giant bulldozers, felled by chainsaw-wielding loggers, and torched by large-scale developers has never been more fitting: Corporations have today replaced small-scale farmers as the prime drivers of deforestation, a shift that has critical implications for conservation.

Yale 360
Thursday, June 24, 2010

Rumble in the Jungle: Activists vs Palm Oil

Wake up in the morning. Enjoy a warm, soapy shower. Eat a bowl of cereal, perhaps with soy milk. Dab on some lipstick ...

The Atlantic
Tuesday, May 11, 2010

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.”

Activists Occupy Cargill HQ, Shutting Down Business for Cutting Down Rainforest

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Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Wayzata, Minn. - In the wake of a damning report linking Cargill to the destruction of Indonesia's rainforests, activists with Rainforest Action Network occupied the executive offices of the nation's largest private agribusiness company today. Playing a loud recording of chainsaws cutting down rainforests and holding signs reading "This is the sound of your supply chain," and "Mr. Page: Rainforest Destruction Stops with You," five activists locked themselves to the staircase of the Lake Office, blocking the entrance to the company's executive offices for over two hours.

Activists chain themselves to stairway inside Cargill headquarters

WAYZATA, Minn.-- Five activists with Rainforest Action Network (RAN) chained themselves to a stairway railing inside the executive offices of Cargill, the nation's largest private agribusiness company Wednesday morning.

KARE NBC 11
Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Rainforest Action Network slams Cargill

Rainforest Action Network says Cargill operating outside of sustainability guidelines.

Cargill Inc.'s Indonesian palm oil business is under fire from an environmental advocacy group for allegedly using practices linked to rain forest destruction.

In a report released Tuesday, the Rainforest Action Network said Cargill was operating outside of guidelines aimed at promoting sustainable development, and possibly breaking Indonesian laws protecting rain forests.

Star Tribune
Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Activists Occupy Cargill HQ

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Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Wayzata, Minn. – Six activists with Rainforest Action Network (RAN) have taken over the executive offices of the nation’s largest private agribusiness company. Playing a loud recording of chainsaws cutting down rainforests and holding signs reading “This is the sound of your supply chain,” and “Mr. Page: Rainforest Destruction Stops with You,” the activists have locked themselves to the staircase of the Lake Office, blocking the entrance to the company’s executive offices.
 

NEW REPORT: Cargill Caught Destroying Rainforests, Endangering Orangutans

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Tuesday, May 4, 2010

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – Cargill, the nation’s largest importer of palm oil and supplier to some of the nation’s largest food companies, was directly linked to rainforest destruction today in a report entitled Cargill’s Problems with Palm Oil: A Burning Threat in Borneo, released by Rainforest Action Network (RAN).

RAN ART targets General Mills with satirical posters and "scathing rock-and-roll"

Substance, a local nonprofit combining music and activism, teamed up with the Rainforest Action Network to organize RAN ART, an art show designed to select a campaign poster for RAN and raise public awareness. RAN ART will take place May 1st at Tarnish & Gold Gallery. Rogue Citizen, a local artist collaborative, is co-sponsoring the event, which will also feature music from Kill the Vultures, Bouncer Fighter, and Phantom Tails.

Twin Cities Daily Planet
Saturday, May 1, 2010

Ask Umbra dishes with Anna Lappé

The next time you bite into a burger, consider this: Livestock create more greenhouse gas emissions than all the cars, trucks, planes, and other fossil-fueled modes of transportation in the world. In fact, our current food system—from industrial farming to packaging to transporting—contributes as much as one-third of total greenhouse gas emissions.

Food's critical place in the climate-change equation is not common knowledge. But author Anna Lappé is doing her best to change that.

Grist
Thursday, April 29, 2010