Cargill in the Spotlight

Because Cargill touches 25% of palm oil in the global marketplace, RAN has been campaigning to get Cargill to adopt a palm oil policy with basic safeguards for the palm oil it trades and supplies for over three years. Because Cargill is so widely connected to deforestation, habitat loss and human rights violations people are fired up about this issue. This passion has lead dozens of people across the country to take a stand with RAN to demand justice. Here’s a short list of some of RAN’s actions targeting Cargill in the past 3 years:

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A manmade inferno inside the globally renowned Tripa rainforest in Aceh, Indonesia is pushing this forest’s unique population of Sumatran orangutans to the brink of extinction. Destruction inside palm oil plantation leases is driving the end of this great lowland forest, despite years of efforts by local communities to defend their forests and livelihood.
When they were just eleven years old, Michigan Girl Scouts Madison Vorva and Rhiannon Tomtishen discovered an alarming fact while completing research for their Girl Scout Bronze Awards: most Girl Scout cookies are packed with palm oil, an ingredient that causes the destruction of irreplaceable rainforests and threatens the survival of humankind’s closest relative, orangutans.