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Demonstrators dangle from skyway in protest against Cargill

Protesters against Cargill Inc.'s palm oil operations had good timing Thursday. As they dangled from a downtown Minneapolis skyway, a palm industry consortium had just reprimanded a Cargill palm oil supplier for its environmental practices in Indonesian rain forests.

Minnesota Star Tribune
Thursday, September 23, 2010

General Mills To Use 100% Sustainable Palm Oil - Eat Your Wheaties Without Destroying the Rainforest

Or tuck into your bowl of Cheerios happily knowing that doing so won't be helping General Mills contribute to killing orangutans and other endangered species, nor trampling on indigenous rights.

Treehugger
Thursday, September 23, 2010

Activists Drop Banner on Grain Exchange Skyway to Call out Cargill

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Thursday, September 23, 2010

Contacts: Margaret Swink, 415.720.0080
               Ashley Schaeffer, 707 391 8208 (on the ground in MN)

Free downloadable photos and b-roll available.

General Mills Moves Away From Rainforest Destruction

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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Minneapolis, Minn. – America’s favorite food company, General Mills (GIS), is taking a crucial step to protect rainforests today, with the release of a new palm oil policy that limits the company’s exposure to an increasingly controversial commodity. The company’s new policy, along with previous actions to move away from problematic suppliers like Sinar Mas Group, puts them in the front of efforts by the U.S. food sector to address deforestation resulting from palm oil.

Twins vs Rangers Takes A Sudden Swing At Saving Rainforests

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Sunday, September 5, 2010

Minneapolis, Minn. – As the Twins pulled into the eighth inning of their closing home game against the Texas Rangers, the crowd was treated to a few unscheduled advertisements. Instead of Cargill’s usual announcements promoting hot dogs, a large banner, hung by activists from the Rainforest Action Network (RAN), was unfurled from behind home plate, making Cargill’s usual advertisement change to read “Cargill Destroys Rainforests.” Fans started chattering in the stands as the banner was held until stadium officials asked activists to take it down. No one was arrested.

Banks Make a Shift Toward Greener Lending

Blasting off mountaintops to reach coal in Appalachia or churning out millions of tons of carbon dioxide to extract oil from sand in Alberta are among environmentalists’ biggest industrial irritants. But they are also legal and lucrative.

New York Times
Tuesday, August 31, 2010

New RAN Executive Director Seeks to Pry Polluters Away From Washington

"I see myself as deepening the work that RAN is already doing well — and really making the link between forests and climate."
—Rebecca Tarbotton

With a childhood spent hiking the wilderness of British Columbia, Rebecca Tarbotton, 37, caught the eco-activism bug early in life.

Though she spent nearly a decade community organizing in far-off India, Tarbotton always felt a "deep desire" to ensure that forests in her native Canada were "maintained in a healthy way," she says.

Now she has a shot.

Solve Climate
Friday, August 27, 2010

Green group slams Cargill over SMART palm oil

Environmentalists on Friday criticized a decision by agribusiness giant Cargill Inc to continue buying palm oil from Indonesian firm PT Smart Tbk after SMART received a mixed score in a green audit.

Greenpeace has alleged in its reports that SMART -- which is controlled by Indonesia's Widjaja family, owners of the Sinar Mas conglomerate -- cleared forests in Kalimantan without completing the proper paperwork and destroyed carbon-rich peatlands.

Reuters
Friday, August 27, 2010

Cargill Hoodwinked by Palm Oil Audit Widely Panned as Misrepresentative

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Thursday, August 26, 2010

San Francisco – In the wake of an audit confirming accusations of environmental abuses by the controversial Indonesian palm oil supplier Sinar Mas, Cargill has announced a decision to continue business as usual relations with the disgraced palm oil provider. Posted only as an update to a section of their website, Cargill’s decision is an unexpected step after months of public expectation that the company would sever ties with the large Indonesian palm oil producer.

Rainforest Action Network Welcomes Cargill’s Palm Oil Announcement

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Thursday, July 29, 2010

San Francisco – Today, major palm oil trader Cargill announced a new agreement to provide Unilever with palm oil that is certified as segregated “at every step of the supply chain.” Both Unilever and Cargill are members of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO).