By Shermakaye Bass
Green Right Now
It’s The Year of Living Dangerously all over again.
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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Tags: · Carbon Emissions, carbon pollution, deforestation, Indonesian third largest carbon polluter, orangutans, packaged foods, palm oil, palm planatations, Rainforest Action Network, Rainforest Alliance, Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil, RSPO, Southeast Asia, tropical rainforest
By Barbara Kessler
Green Right Now
Snacking on news tidbits this week we discovered that Kraft Foods has been able to significantly cut its use of water. The food giant reports that its global conservation efforts have put it a couple years ahead in its goals.
We can all stanch the flow of wasted water in our own homes, by not letting the faucets run, washing dishes on the economy cycle, washing only full loads of laundry and planting native plants that survive on natural rainfall. By now you know the drill.
Here’s what’s great about Kraft pitching in. When a global manufacturer makes these changes, small seas of water are saved — billions of gallons from Bahrain to Illinois. (See our story.)
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