SAN FRANCISCO— In the face of growing criticism over its use of the controversial food additive palm oil, General Mills released a revised palm oil sourcing commitment today. This announcement builds upon a commitment General Mills made in 2010 in response to a campaign by Rainforest Action Network (RAN), which included a large banner deployed on the frozen front lawn of General Mills’ headquarters in Minneapolis.
The Palm Oil Innovation Group (POIG) today invited progressive palm oil players to join an initiative with the goal of increasing the global demand and supply of responsible palm oil.
This initiative aims to bridge the gap between responsible palm oil producers and the growing list of palm oil consumer companies such as Nestle, Ferrero, Unilever, L’Oreal, Safeway, DelHaize, Kellogg and Mars which have made ‘No Deforestation’ commitments and are demanding responsibly produced palm oil.
San Francisco, CA -- As Friday's deadline nears to submit public comments opposing the Keystone XL pipeline, progressive groups CREDO and Rainforest Action Network have collected more than 169,000 comments to the State Department urging Sec. Kerry to reject the Keystone XL pipeline, while simultaneously preparing to unleash a massive wave of civil disobedience if Sec. Kerry allows the State Department to continue ignoring the facts on Keystone XL, and recommends approval of the toxic tar sands pipeline to President Obama.
Washington, DC – On the last day of the public comment period, Keystone XL opponents held a rally in front of the State Department to deliver more than 2 million comments submitted to the State Department to urge Secretary Kerry and President Obama to reject the dirty, dangerous pipeline. The public comment period regarding the national interest of the pipeline began on February 5, after the State Department published the final environmental review.
As a mom, I’m pleased to see the FDA taking steps to eliminate an ingredient from our food supply that is unhealthy for my family. But as a palm oil campaigner for Rainforest Action Network (RAN), I know that replacing trans fats with conflict palm oil won’t do much for people’s health and will cause dire consequences for the planet.
“We’re hearing from people all across this country who know that the Keystone XL pipeline is absolutely not in our nation’s best interest," said Amanda Starbuck, the Rainforest Action Network's climate program director, in a statement. "The two million comments delivered today reflect a huge wave of resistance to the pipeline.
Use of palm oil in the United States alone has increased by some 500 percent over the past decade, according to the Rainforest Action Network (RAN), an advocacy group. The group estimates that palm oil is currently found in roughly half of all packaged foods on U.S. shelves.