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Do you know the ‘Snack Food 20′ companies behind the destruction of palm forests and orangutans?

September 13th, 2013

Warning: This story will really take the fun out of your snack foods. But read it if you’re ready to eat responsibly by avoiding “conflict palm oil” in your cookies, crackers and chocolate nibbles. A bonus: Rainforest Action Network has released a list of the 20 major snack companies using destructive palm oil. If you want to save orangutans and help the ancestral human residents of tropical forests, you’ll make a note of this list.


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Nature in Danger: Orangutans are gentle apes facing extreme threats

February 22nd, 2013

Bornean and Sumatran orangutans face a lethal cocktail of threats that could drive them to extinction: Habitat loss caused by forest-clearing paper and palm companies; potential kidnapping by poachers in the exotic pet trade; and isolation. But you can help.


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Wildlife Conservation Society releases list of Asian species at risk of extinction

September 6th, 2012

Tigers, extinct? It’s not only possible, it’s likely, especially in the many nations that have yet to take action on behalf of this majestic animal.

A tiger with trap marks (Photo: Chris R. Shepherd, IUCN)


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Teachers, tell your kids about the rainforest and a poster contest for Earth Day

April 7th, 2011

From Green Right Now Reports
Earth Day is fast approaching, but it’s not too late for kids in grades K-6 to enter a contest aimed at raising awareness about the loss of rainforests.
The contest by the Rainforest Action Network comes with a teaching module about Tiki the Tiger, who’s losing his home to rainforest destruction, as [...]


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Tree museums, the time is now

January 23rd, 2010

They took all the trees and put them in a tree museum. And they charged all the people a dollar and a half just to see ‘em.

By Barbara Kessler
Green Right Now

Joni Mitchell predicted it would come to this. But she had the admission price wrong. Instead of a dollar and a half to get into the tree museum, it will be $15 for adults to visit the tree exhibit opening today in Philadelphia. The interactive Exploring Trees Inside and Out exhibit will debut at Philly’s Please Touch Museum where kids and adults will be able to explore trees and how they help our environment.

The 2,500-foot exhibit, sponsored by Doubletree Hotels and the Arbor Day Foundation, has already been to six other museums and will travel to other locales in 2010 and 2011 (including Los Angeles and Chicago), spreading its message that trees are helpful and fun, and showing kids how they work. Children visiting the exhibit are able to crawl up through the middle of a manufactured tree trunk to see how the plant sustains itself. They can plant a “seed” and watch a simulation of a tree growing, and they can hear the sounds of the animals that live in the forest. Wee folk also can “become” a creature in the woods and “fly” over the tree tops, using the wonders of technology.


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Protest launched against General Mills’ use of palm oil

January 19th, 2010

From Green Right Now Reports

Rainforest Action Network unfurls protest banner at General Mills (Photo: Mercury Miller, RAN)

Rainforest Action Network unfurls protest banner at General Mills (Photo: Mercury Miller, RAN)

The Rainforest Action Network (RAN) launched the first fusillade today in a campaign to expose General Mills’ extensive use of palm oil in dozens of packaged products.

More than 40 activists with Rainforest Action Network, Walker Church and other community organizations unfurled a 30 x 70 ft. banner in the snow outside the company’s Minneapolis headquarters. It read: “Warning: General Mills Destroys Rainforests”.


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Palm oil industry’s big carbon impact

November 20th, 2009

By Shermakaye Bass
Green Right Now

It’s The Year of Living Dangerously all over again.

Orangutan (Photo: Tom Theodore/Dreamstime)

Orangutan (Photo: Tom Theodore/Dreamstime)

On Tuesday, two journalists were arrested in Sumatra while covering a politically sensitive topic – palm oil harvesting and the ensuing decimation of Southeast Asia’s old-growth, carbon-capturing rainforests, and the subsequent release of giant CO2 pockets that lie beneath the forests and their peat swamps.

More disturbing than the reporters’ deportation, though, is how little we consumers seem to realize that, not only are we what we eat, but when it comes to palm oil, we are eating our own lifeblood. We’re ‘eating’ our oxygen, we’re ‘eating’ our fellow species. We’re consuming our own future by driving up carbon emissions much faster than we can offset them. We are the snake eating its own tail.


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Cookies, the ‘Dirty 19′ and the palm oil patrol

October 21st, 2009

By Barbara Kessler
Green Right Now

We had a chocolate attack at a store the other day, so we schlepped over to the cookie aisle seeking something sweet and crunchy.

Palm oil products (Image: PalmOilAction.org.)

Palm oil products (Image: PalmOilAction.org.)


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A parade of palm oil products

September 11th, 2009

By Barbara Kessler
Green Right Now

Digging into the palm oil debate, an urgent issue to many environmental groups, our reporter Ashley Phillips found herself slipping into a swamp of material.

For years, there has been a volley of claims and counter claims about the environmental and humanitarian consequences related to palm oil production.

The UN Environment Programme has blamed the massive destruction of rainforest in Malaysia and Indonesia for producing such a volume of manmade greenhouse gas emissions that it ranks behind only the US and China. These gases are released as the native rainforest is cleared to install or expand palm plantations, and it is exacerbated by the slash-and-burn clearing that is a double whammy to the atmosphere — removing carbon-holding rainforest while spewing carbon from massive wood fires.

Seemingly the only thing happening faster than the destruction of the rainforest in Southeast Asia is the consumer demand for palm oil which turns up in every 10th product at the grocery by some estimations.


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Sustainable palm oil? Not so fast…

September 11th, 2009

By Ashley Phillips
Green Right Now

Palm Oil, an ingredient found in most processed food, has been the subject of much environmental debate in recent years over its role in deforestation. It is commonly found in cooking oil and as an ingredient in cosmetics, soaps, detergents, and some plastics. Palm oil also has been considered for use in the production of biodiesel.

There have been many attempts to make palm oil sustainable. The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) was even established in 2003 to do just that. Unfortunately, six years later, there is still no system that can effectively trace palm oil beyond the processor to the plantation level. Companies that manufacture products using palm oil have little way of knowing where the controversial substance originated — which leaves the question of whether and to what degree palm oil is sustainably farmed up in the air.


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Green agitators agitate

November 11th, 2008

By Barbara Kessler
Green Right Now

Don’t know if it’s the financial crisis, the change of seasons or just the usual grumpiness over the incessant despoiling of the mothership, but the green agitators seem especially edgy lately.

Reuters reported Monday that Greenpeace had blockaded palm oil ships leaving an Indonesian port bound for China and Europe. Their point: harvesting palm oil in that region is destroying rainforests and wildlife and contributing to greenhouse gases (remember those warm climate forests are especially valuable carbon sinks).

The activists were reportedly bobbing in rubber boats out in front of the palm oil ships and one Greenpeacer was seen jumping aboard the anchor of a ship, where he or she presumably clung for dear life.


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