Liviya James

Turning Soybeans Into Diesel Fuel Is Costing Us Billions

NPR | Jan. 16, 2018 

This year, trucks and other heavy-duty motors in America will burn some 3 billion gallons of diesel fuel that's made primarily from vegetable oil. They're doing it, though, not because it's cheaper or better, but because they're required to, by law.

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Report: US biodiesel fueling deforestation

Axios | Jan. 16, 2018 

The U.S. biofuels mandate is driving destruction of ecologically vital forests in Argentina to make way for soybean fields, despite U.S. policy aimed at preventing imports of biodiesel linked to deforestation, according to a new report out today.

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1000 Days

Dear friends,

It’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Day here in the United States, when we try to rededicate ourselves to Dr. King’s values, and attempt to live up to his example of courage and love. Dr. King fought not only for racial justice, but for peace and economic justice as well.  I know that if he were alive today, he would still be pressing this country and the world to: 

...refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality.

I like to think that Dr. King would also be on the front line of the modern struggle to ensure a living planet for all God’s people and all God’s creatures.  He said, 

In a real sense, all life is inter-related. All men are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. 

It’s not too hard to imagine that in the same way that he struggled to prevent a spiral towards nuclear catastrophe, he would stir a global movement to confront the even more fundamental threat that is the modern environmental crisis. Above all, he would challenge every company, every government, every activist, and every bystander to act with extreme urgency in the face of this profoundly challenging moral and existential crisis.  

It all boils down to the fact that we must never allow ourselves to become satisfied with unattained goals. We must always maintain a kind of divine discontent.

We should all remind ourselves of those words today because the community of companies  that have pledged themselves to end deforestation by 2020 has just 1000 days left to meet this deadline. Achieving this goal is one of humanity’s greatest challenges and most urgent needs. We simply cannot maintain the comfortable life we know without these planetary lungs; the indigenous communities and animals who live in those forests have an even keener need.

1000 days may seem to be a dauntingly short period of time, but there are reasons for hope: as discussed in our last email, almost the entire chocolate industry and the governments of Ghana and Ivory Coast have committed to end forest destruction and restore the ecology of these nations. The tire industry is starting to drive their suppliers to immediately cease deforestation. And the leading palm oil players, despite continued egregious breaches of their pledges, has taken new steps that, if implemented with greater rigor than past commitments, could actually end commercially-driven destruction of the Earth’s remaining native ecosystems in a very short period of time. There are remaining challenges, like cattle, but even there, there are signs of positive momentum. 

Indeed, 1000 days is not long at all if one looks at what remains the greatest private sector success in forest protection: the Brazilian Soy Moratorium. It took less than 1000 days for deforestation for soy in the Brazilian Amazon to drop from 25% of Amazon deforestation to almost zero. This is perhaps the world’s greatest climate success story, and it happened in less time than we now have remaining. Think of all the other great changes in the world that have happened in even less time. 

If the other major commodities take implementation of their pledges as seriously as they now say they will, the question of what happens in soy will largely define whether the global community comes close to meeting its goals. And that challenge is almost exclusively one of just four companies: Bunge, Cargill, ADM, and Louis Dreyfus, and their customers. Indeed, among those, Bunge and Cargill almost alone are responsible for driving the vast mass of destruction for soy in frontier areas. Which means that they can stop it also. 

The moral challenge for every individual executive, board member, and employee of those companies is whether they will use their power to stop this great holocaust of forest burning now – or just make excuses, or ignore their own power to stop a great evil. I want to challenge even those who are not the top executives of the companies to ask themselves what they can do to stop their own companies from committing these great environmental and human crimes:  

He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it. He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it. 

This challenge of course confronts employees of Cargill and Bunge themselves. But it also faces everyone in those companies who do business with these deforesters. Until they change Bunge and Cargill, or cease business with them, these customers will be complicit in these environmental and human crimes.  

If you work in one of Bunge and Cargill’s companies, I challenge you: You have the power right now to shift your purchases of soy and other commodities to the many major providers who are not associated with significant deforestation. If your company hasn’t done so, what does that say about you and your company’s role in confronting the greatest moral challenge of our time? We are in an emergency, and we need you to act. 

When CEOs and ordinary employees have looked themselves in the mirror in the past, and strived to do better, they have achieved great progress for the world. Cargill and Bunge themselves were key participants in the extraordinary environmental and economic success of the Brazilian Soy Moratorium. They can do it again. The Amazon success can be extended across all of South America for less than $1 million per year  The only obstacles stopping us are moral inertia and lack of imagination. We must not now allow these evil forces to prevent us from seizing a great opportunity for; and we must not succumb to that most lazy of excuses: “What about the other guy?”

In difficult times, ordinary people and sclerotic institutions have shown the capacity to achieve greatness. I hope that at this moment, we can all look inside ourselves and heed the words of Dr. King: 

The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.

All of us can do this. 

In solidarity,

Glenn Hurowitz


Une nouvelle enquête révèle que les producteurs de biodiesel « verts » sont à l’origine d’une déforestation massive en Argentine

Ces biodiesels pourraient s’acheminer vers la France

Une nouvelle enquête, L’Argentine brûlée : tromperie et déforestation pour le biodiesel, menée par les organisations Mighty Earth et ActionAid USA démontre que le biodiesel n’est pas du tout un carburant aussi vert que les producteurs industriels ne le prétendent. Des enquêteurs ont documenté sur le terrain comment 12 140 hectares de forêt ont été détruits par des bulldozers et des incendies… pour semer de nouveaux champs de soja dans le nord de l’Argentine. Transformé en biodiesel, ce soja est ensuite destiné à l’exportation. Principal fournisseur de biodiesel au monde, l’Argentine est actuellement un point chaud mondial de la déforestation. Cette déforestation est majoritairement causée par la production de soja.

Mighty Earth et ActionAid USA ont mandaté une équipe de terrain dans la forêt du Chaco en Argentine afin d’évaluer l’ampleur de cette destruction. L’équipe s’est rendue sur dix sites différents où elle a pu constater une déforestation rapide liée à la production de soja. Cette déforestation a pu être documentée au sol, mais également à l’aide de drones aériens. L’équipe a découvert que de nouveaux champs de soja ont été plantés au milieu de forêts intactes et dans d’autres endroits et que des incendies massifs ont été utilisés pour défricher ces terres.

Bien que les normes existantes sur les carburants renouvelables dans l’UE exigent que le biodiesel ne soit pas produit sur des terres récemment défrichées, l’enquête a pu prouver que les principaux producteurs de biodiesel comme Cargill et Bunge poursuivaient leurs opérations de production de soja dans les zones où d’importantes déforestations ont eu lieu. « L’indrustrie prétend être propre, mais en realite si elle entre dans les écuries d'Augias, c'est pour en remettre », a déclaré Rose Garr, directrice de campagne de Mighty Earth, « a cause de leur deforestation les biocarburants empirent generalement le changement climatique au lieu d’ameliorer la situation ».

En plus des impacts environnementaux de cette production, les membres des communautés locales ont noté de graves impacts sur leur santé qu’ils imputent à l’accroissement de la production de soja stimulée par les biocarburants. De nombreuses familles ont ainsi signalé des empoisonnements causés par les pesticides associés à cette production, comme le glyphosate qui est parfois répandu sur les champs par voie aérienne.

« Les grandes entreprises agroalimentaires veulent vous faire croire qu’elles nourrissent le monde, mais elles ne le font pas : les enfants tombent malades, les habitants sont expulsés de leurs terres, et les animaux sont tués, pour produire de l’huile de soja destinée à alimenter les réservoirs de nos voitures », a déclaré Kelly Stone, analyste politique chez ActionAid USA. « La réforme de nos politiques agricoles constitue un élément important de la lutte contre le changement climatique, mais les droits des personnes à posséder et à cultiver leurs propres terres et leur droit à un environnement propre ne doivent pas être sacrifiés. »

Si l’Argentine souffre, l’industrie américaine du biodiesel en a tiré profit. Mais bientôt, l’Europe pourrait devenir la destination principale de ce biocarburant sale. Auparavant les États-Unis constituaient le premier débouché de ce carburant, mais les récentes taxes americaines sur les importations argentines de biodiesel vont estomper ces imports. En revanche, de l’autre côté de l’Atlantique, l’Union européenne pourrait rouvrir son marché. Une réforme de la directive sur les énergies renouvelables de l’UE sera bientôt votée, et l’UE pourrait devenir la nouvelle destination de ce soja argentin. Ce rapport est donc publié alors qu’une bataille législative européenne capitale s’engage. « La politique européenne devrait viser à assainir notre secteur des transports. Mais si elle permet l’importation de biodiesel argentin à partir de soja, elle subventionnerait au contraire des carburants encore plus polluants que le pétrole, a déclaré Rose Garr. » Mighty Earth et ActionAid USA demandent donc à l’Europe de limiter ou d’arrêter tout soutien pour le biodiesel alimentaire et les autres biocarburants alimentaires. En outre, tout producteur de biodiesel devrait adopter et appliquer des engagements « zéro déforestation, zéro exploitation » dans leurs chaînes mondiales d’approvisionnement afin de s’assurer que le soja soit produit sans entraîner de déforestation. Tout est dans la balance pour l’environnement argentin. La France peut intervenir pour garantir que les énergies renouvelables pour le transport de l’UE sont véritablement vertes et ne détruisent pas secrètement les forêts argentines.

 

 

Mighty Earth

Migthy Earth est une organisation internationale de campagnes environnementales qui s’attache à la protection des forêts, à la conservation des océans, et se préoccupe du changement climatique. Nous travaillons en Afrique, en Asie du Sud-Est, en Amérique latine et en Amérique du Nord pour mener des actions à grande échelle en faveur d’une agriculture responsable qui respecte les écosystèmes naturels, la vie sauvage, l’eau et les droits des communautés locales. L’équipe mondiale de Mighty Earth a joué un rôle décisif en persuadant les plus grandes entreprises mondiales de l’agroalimentaire d’améliorer drastiquement leurs politiques et leurs pratiques environnementales et sociales. Vous trouverez plus d’information au sujet de Mighty Earth sur : http://www.mightyearth.org/.

 

ActionAid USA

ActionAid a pour mission de mettre fin à la pauvreté et à l’injustice en investissant localement dans des solutionneurs de problèmes, c’est-à-dire des personnes motivées et engagées, déterminées à changer le monde qui les entoure. Nous investissons activement dans des personnes efficaces qui vivent dans la pauvreté et l’exclusion dans 45 pays à travers le monde. ActionAid met en relation ces solutionneurs de problèmes avec des personnes dont les décisions affectent leur vie quotidienne, afin qu’elles puissent comprendre et revendiquer leurs droits, et apporter en conséquence des changements durables. ActionAid USA milite pour une réforme de la norme Renewal Fuel en raison des impacts de cette politique sur les droits fonciers et la sécurité alimentaire des populations aux États-Unis et dans le monde. https://www.actionaidusa.org/

 


Tax credit fight idles following trade policy wins

E&E Daily | Jan. 9, 2018 

A push to keep biodiesel importers from receiving a federal tax credit may be losing momentum, thanks to the U.S. biodiesel industry's recent wins on trade policy.

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Investigation Into U.S. Renewable Fuels Policies Finds "Green" Biodiesel Producers Driving Massive Deforestation

Investigation Into U.S. Renewable Fuels Policies Finds “Green” Biodiesel Producers Driving Massive Deforestation

WASHINGTON D.C. – A new investigation, “Burned: Deception, Deforestation, and America’s Biodiesel Policy” by the organizations Mighty Earth and ActionAid USA has found that biodiesel is not the environmentally friendly, “green” fuel claimed by industry producers. On-the-ground investigators documented bulldozing, burning and the recent clearance of 30,000 acres of forest to plant new soy fields in northern Argentina, which supply some of the same companies producing soy biodiesel for export to the United States.

The U.S. Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) mandates increasing biofuel consumption through 2022, and has driven Argentina to increase soy-based biodiesel production for U.S. export. In 2016, Argentina provided over one-fifth of biodiesel consumed in the United States. The RFS is also contributing to the dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico, the algal blooms in Lake Erie and other waterways and nitrate pollution across the Midwest, through increased crop production for biofuels in the United States.

“This isn’t the used cooking oil biodiesel powering Willie Nelson’s tour bus,” said Rose Garr, policy director at Mighty Earth. “The RFS was intended to clean up our transportation sector, but instead it’s subsidizing fuels that are even dirtier than oil.”

As the largest supplier of biodiesel imports, Argentina is currently a global hotspot of deforestation, caused primarily by soy production. The report also found significant quantities of biodiesel made from Indonesian palm oil being imported into the United States; palm oil has been Indonesia’s leading driver of deforestation, linked to habitat destruction of highly endangered species including orangutans and Sumatran elephants.

Mighty Earth and ActionAid USA sent a field team to Argentina’s Chaco forest to investigate the scope of this destruction. The team visited ten sites in the Chaco that are undergoing rapid deforestation for soy production, which it documented both on the ground and through aerial drones. They found new soybean fields carved into the middle of what were recently intact forests, and massive fires set to clear land for soy production.

Although the Renewable Fuel Standard requires that biodiesel not be produced on recently cleared land, the report found evidence that major biodiesel producers like Cargill and Bunge were continuing to expand their overall soy operations into areas with significant deforestation.

“This appears to be a case where the left-hand claims to be clean while the right is in it up to its elbow,” said Garr.

In addition to the environmental impacts of this production, members of local communities are reporting serious health impacts connected to the expanded soy production incentivized by biofuels. Many families reported poisonings from the pesticides associated with this production, including glyphosate, which is sometimes sprayed aerially.

“The big agribusiness companies want you to believe they’re feeding the world. But they’re not. Kids are getting sick, local people are being forced off their land and animals are being killed, all to produce soybean oil that’s being shipped to the U.S. and burned as fuel for our cars and trucks,” said Kelly Stone, senior policy analyst at ActionAid USA. “Localizing food production and reforming our agriculture policies is an important part of tackling climate change. People’s rights to own and farm land and their right to a clean environment must not be sacrificed to feed the thirst of a broken Congressional policy.”

Mighty Earth and ActionAid USA’s report comes as the RFS is poised to be a key legislative fight in 2018. The organizations recommend that the United States ends or dramatically lowers mandates and subsidies for food-based biodiesel and other food-based biofuels. In addition, the agricultural traders and biodiesel producers who control the industry should adopt and fully enforce “No Deforestation, No Exploitation” commitments throughout their entire global supply chains in order to ensure that the soy and other commodities they sell is not produced through deforestation.

Although the recent decision by the Commerce Department to impose countervailing duties on Argentine and Indonesian biodiesel will likely curtail near-term imports, the massive environmental destruction in Argentina should serve as a cautionary tale. Because the RFS mandates remain in place, new biodiesel production will have to come on-line elsewhere, which poses risk to wildlife, people, and the climate.

“This problem won’t be solved by countervailing duties alone. If Congress does not end mandates for food-based biodiesel and other biofuels, this same destructive cycle could be replicated both at home and in other areas of the world,” said Garr.

About Mighty Earth

Mighty Earth is a global environmental campaign organization that works to protect forests, conserve oceans, and address climate change. We work in Southeast Asia, Latin America, Africa, and North America to drive large-scale action towards environmentally responsible agriculture that protects native ecosystems, wildlife, and water, and respects local community rights. Mighty Earth’s global team has played a decisive role in persuading the world’s largest food and agriculture companies to dramatically improve their environmental and social policies and practices. More information on Mighty Earth can be found at http://www.mightyearth.org/.

About ActionAid USA

ActionAid is on a mission to end poverty and injustice by investing in local problem solvers. People who are determined and committed, and motivated to change the world around them. We actively invest in powerful people living in poverty and exclusion in 45 countries around the world. ActionAid connects problem solvers with the people whose decisions affect their daily lives, so they can understand and claim their rights, and bring about change that lasts. ActionAid USA campaigns for reform of the Renewal Fuel Standard because of the policy’s impacts on the land rights and food security of people in the U.S. and around the world. https://www.actionaidusa.org/

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Avia Terai Community Members Tell Their Stories

Avia Terai Community Members Tell Their Stories 

Catalina is a local farmer in Argentina’s Chaco province. Here, she talks about some of the medical problems she’s seeing linked to soy production for biofuels.

Dr. Maria del Carmen Seveso talks about some of the medical problems she is seeing as a result of soy production for biofuels in her region.

Silvia Ponce lives in the village of Avia Terai. Her daughter was born in 2008 with a number of health problems that she believes are linked to soy production for biofuels in her region.


Experts Find Ocean Dead Zones Have Expanded 1000% Worldwide Since 1950

According to a ground-breaking study published in the journal Science today, reducing run-off pollution from industrial agriculture is urgently necessary to stop the rapid growth in oceanic Dead Zones that have expanded 10-fold around the world since 1950. The study points to climate change and expanding meat production as primary drivers of these low-oxygen areas, and echoes findings from Mighty Earth’s recent investigation into the specific companies most responsible for the largest dead zone on record in the Gulf of Mexico last year.

“These findings are no surprise, and further confirm that the unchecked pollution from industrial agriculture has reached crisis levels and requires immediate action,” noted Campaign Director for Mighty Earth Lucia von Reusner. “Companies like Tyson Foods are driving the demand for vast quantities of unsustainably-produced corn and soy that are leaking the bulk of the nutrient pollution into our waterways, in addition to the manure that is often dumped on fields where it then washes off into surrounding waterways. These dead zones will continue to expand unless the major meat companies that dominate our global agricultural system start taking responsibility for cleaning up their supply chains to keep pollution out of our waters.”

The study, Declining oxygen in the global ocean and coastal waters, was conducted by the Global Ocean Oxygen Network, which represents 21 institutions in 11 countries. It is the first study to evaluate the causes, consequences, and solutions to ocean dead zones worldwide, and highlights the urgent threat to global fisheries as these low oxygen areas expand and cause marine life to suffocate or flee for deeper waters.

Based on the findings of its investigation earlier this year, Mighty Earth has launched a campaign calling on major meat companies like Tyson Foods to take responsibility for reducing pollution from their supply chains. Mighty Earth found that industrial meat production’s environmental impact can be greatly improved by requiring feed suppliers to reduce excess fertilizer use, adopt practices that prevent soil erosion such as cover-cropping, and protecting native landscapes from being plowed over for expanded production.

The #CleanItUpTyson campaign has spread to major cities across the Midwest and Gulf of Mexico, with over 240 local business, farmer, community, and environmental groups signing an open letter to Tyson’s CEO urging the company to adopt practices for reducing water pollution. While some companies like Smithfield have begun improving feed sourcing practices, Tyson has so far ignored these impacts despite the growing pressure from customers and shareholders.

 


Les « Bonnes choses de 2017 » : le travail de Mighty Earth sur le chocolat figure sur la liste du Guardian.

Si cette année fut parfois houleuse pour l’environnement, elle a connu aussi de grandes réussites en matière de lutte contre le réchauffement climatique. Le travail de Mighty Earth sur l’industrie du chocolat figure sur la liste publiée par le Guardian des « Bonnes choses de 2017 » au même titre que la découverte d’un océan souterrain sur une lune de Saturne, la croissance économique mondiale de 3,7 %, et l’élection d’Emmanuel Macron en France. Suite à notre enquête sur la déforestation dans les parcs nationaux et dans d’autres aires protégées d’Afrique de l’Ouest, l’industrie du chocolat et les gouvernements d’Afrique de l’Ouest ont réagi immédiatement et se sont engagés à mettre un terme à la déforestation liée à la culture du cacao pour l’ensemble de cette région. Notre programme pour l’année prochaine : étendre ces engagements pour les forêts du monde entier.

« Mais les gros titres de la presse ne révèlent pas toute l’histoire — peut-être même pas grand-chose. Loin de l’hystérie des quotidiens, il est possible de déceler des progrès, des bonheurs, des avancées et une denrée fort rare de nos jours : de l’optimisme.

Au Ghana et en Côte d’Ivoire, les gouvernements élaborent des plans pour empêcher la conversion de forêts en plantations de cacao après que les militants de Mighty Earth ont mis en lumière les liens qui existaient entre la déforestation illégale et le chocolat fabriqué par Mars, Hershey’s, Nestlé et d’autres marques mondiales. »

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/dec/26/2017-annus-mirabilis-all-the-things-that-went-right


Mighty Earth work on chocolate listed as one of the Guardian's "Things that went right in 2017"

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Amid a sometimes tumultuous year for the environment, there were also major climate achievements. Mighty Earth’s work in the chocolate industry was listed as one of the Guardian’s “Things that went right in 2017” alongside the discovery of an underground ocean on a moon of Saturn, a 3.7% rate of global economic growth, and the election of France’s Emmanuel Macron. Our investigation into deforestation in national parks and other protected areas in West Africa prompted swift action from the entire chocolate industry and West African governments to commit to ending deforestation for cocoa in the entire region. Next year’s plan- secure this commitment for forests around the world.

“But the big, bold headlines tell only half the story – perhaps not even that much. Away from the hysteria of daily news, it is possible to discern progress, joy, breakthroughs and that rarest commodity of all: optimism.

In Ghana and the Ivory Coast, governments are drawing up plans to prevent the clearance of forests for cocoa plantations after Mighty Earth campaigners exposed the links between illegal deforestation and the chocolate produced by Mars, Hershey’s, Nestlé and other global brands.”

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/dec/26/2017-annus-mirabilis-all-the-things-that-went-right


Palm Oil: Report 2

Mighty Earth Rapid Response Report 2

See PDF Here

PT Berau Karetindo Lestari, PT Rimba Karya Rayatama, PT Harapan Rimba Raya, and PT Simpi Indai

December 2017 

Prepared with support from Aidenvironment and MapHubs

PT Berau Karetindo Lestari



 

Concession information: PT Berau Karetindo Lestari (PT BKL) is located in East Kalimantan, Berau district. Based on the 2016 IUP permit it covers an area of 7,141 hectares.

Latitude: 2.323760 Longitude: 116.984128

 

Deforestation: From January 2016 to November 2017, PT BKL cleared 1,490 hectares of forest. Planet imagery shows new roads and thinning suggesting clearance is on-going.

 

 

 

 

 

Alert Overview: 

https://mighty.maphubs.com/map/share/rJSr00pHzG/#11.94/2.3182/116.9818

 

 

Ownership Information:

 

PT Berau Karetindo Lestari is ultimately owned by the Korompis family and by Peak Capital Pte Ltd, a Singaporian based company owned by Flamire Holdings Limited (registered in the British Virgin Islands).

Both Daniel Wewengkang and Didi Ferdinand Korompis are listed in the Panama Papers for their registered assets in the Britih Virgin Islands. Their company, Solidi Silvester Korompis is also listed in the BVI (bit.ly/2C4MVh5).

 

 

Supply Chain Information:  Not Available

PT Rayatama Jaya (Ex. Rimba Karya Rayatama)


 

 

 

Concession Information: PT Rayatama Jaya (PT RJ) is located in East Kalimantan, Kutai Barat district. Based on the 2016 IUP permit, it covers an area of 3,912 hectares.

Latitude: -0.598296 Longitude: 115.462580

 

 

 

 

Deforestation: From March to November 2017, PT RJ cleared 240 hectares of forest. There has been 900 ha of clearance since August 2016. Newer imagery is cloudy but suggests clearance is ongoing and is expanding to the north.

 

Alert Overview: 

 

https://mighty.maphubs.com/map/share/H1S-WkRSGG

 

Alert Imagery: 

 

Ownership Information: 

PT Rayatama Jaya is a subsdiary of Tsani Hutani Abadi Group, ultimately owned by Centrino Investment Ltd, registered in Labuan Island.

Tsani Hutani Abadi also owns two other plantation companies in Kutai Barat, namely PT Harapan Rimba Jaya and PT Kruing Lestari Jaya.

Tsani Hutani Abadi’s president director, Mulyawan Tjandra, is an ex-executive director of Indo Agri Resources (bit.ly/2BSUbvy).

 

 

Supply Chain Information: Not Available

PT Harapan Rimba Jaya


 

 

Concession Information: PT Harapan Rimba Jaya (PT HRJ) is located in East Kalimantan, Kutai Barat district. Based on the 2016 IUP permit it covers an area of 11,717 hectares.

Latitude: -0.663915 Longitude: 115.524881

 

Deforestation: From March to November 2017, PT HRJ cleared 707 hectares of forest. Over 7,000 ha has been cleared since 2013.

 

 

Alert Overview: 

 

https://mighty.maphubs.com/map/share/BJSRRAaHfG#12.3/-0.66248/115.51022 

 

Alert Imagery: 

 

Ownership Information: 

 

PT Harapan Rimba Jaya is a subsdiary of Tsani Hutani Abadi Group, ultimately owned by Centrino Investment Ltd, registered in Labuan Island.

Tsani Hutani Abadi also owns two other plantation companies in Kutai Barat, namely PT Rayatama Jaya and PT Kruing Lestari Jaya.

Tsani Hutani Abadi’s president director, Mulyawan Tjandra, is an ex-executive director of Indo Agri Resources (bit.ly/2BSUbvy).

Supply Chain Information: Not Available

PT Duta Rendra Mulya and PT Sawit Khatulistiwa Lestari (ex PT Simpi Indai)



Concession Information: The previously PT Simpi Indai concession is now divided in two plantations: PT Duta Rendra Mulya (PT DRM) and PT Sawit Khatulistiwa Lestari (PT SKL), located in West Kalimantan, Ketungau district. Based on the 2015 IUP permit they cover respectively an area of 7,364 and 12,151 hectares.

Latitude: 0.275586 Longitude: 111.566634

 

Deforestation: From October 2016 to October 2017, PT DRM cleared 772 hectares of peat forest (721 ha), forest (18 ha) and peat (33 ha). PT SKL cleared 1,189 hectares of peat forest (1,166 ha) and peat (23 ha). The total deforestation for those two plantation companies amounts to 1,961 hectares for that period of time.

 

 

Alert Overview: 

https://mighty.maphubs.com/map/share/Byru-JCHMM/ 

 

Alert Imagery: 

 

Ownership Information: 

PT Duta Rendra Mulya is ultimately owned by Anthoni Salim (through PT Citra Kencana Kasita, PT Zamrud Indhapersada and PT Wahanamulia Wiranusa), Junus Sutiono and Watson Dharma (through PT Mulia Abadi Lestari).

PT Sawit Khatulistiwa Lestari is ultimately owned by Dedi Mulyadi (through PT Inovasi Cemerlang and PT Andhika Wahana Putra), Bambang Kentjono and Franciscus Xaverius Hermanto (through PT Rahmat Timur Cemerlang, PT Mega Inti Usaha, PT Adi Mulya, PT Unitama Adiusaha Shipping and PT Andhika Wahana Putra).

PT Adi Mulya also has 5.9% shares in PT Duta Rendra Mulya.

 

Supply Chain Information: Not Available


The Most Overlooked Environmental Crisis of 2017

New Republic | Dec 13, 2017 

Apocalyptic weather dominated the headlines, but meat production also caused severe destruction in 2017. The meat industry’s main problem is its reliance on corn to feed animals. 

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Do you know where the feed for your food comes from?

Dallas News | Dec. 5, 2017

This month, millions of Texans will gather with family and friends for a holiday feast. Many families will take a moment to give thanks for the abundance of food on their tables. But are we growing in our respect and appreciation for that abundance?

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El Pacto del Bosque - The Call of the Forest

This letter from Bolivian legislators,  state and local officials, and indigenous community leaders in Bolivia, calls on companies that sell or invest in meat, soy and other commodities to take immediate action to ensure that their supply chain and investments are free of any connection to the destruction of Bolivia’s highly biodiverse forests. International companies are playing a leading role in destroying approximately 700,000 acres of Bolivia’s forests per year.
 
These forests are critical for the climate and the indigenous communities that rely on them. Bolivia can develop and grow its agricultural sector without destroying these forests by focusing development on the more than 11 million acres of previously deforested land in Bolivia. 

 

 


Rally at Tyson Headquarters- Activists Call on Tyson Foods to Live Up to Sustainability Promises

Springdale, AR -- Today, more than 50 people gathered outside of Tyson Food’s Global Headquarters to deliver over 63,000 petitions to the company’s CEO, Tom Hayes calling for adoption of more sustainable practices. The rally in Springdale was one of seven that was held today throughout the Heartland as part of a national campaign that is working to push the country’s largest meat producer to address harmful practices in its supply chain that lead to widespread water pollution across the country.Rally attendees came from across the country to demonstrate the broad and growing support for this cause.

“Communities across America are tired of bearing the burden of Tyson’s pollution. The rapid mobilization of communities opposing a new Tyson plant in Kansas is just one example, and now these petitions show we are not alone in our frustration at the industry’s polluting impacts," said Cecilia Pruitt from Tonganoxie, KS, the community that stopped the construction of a new Tyson facility due in part to concerns about the polluting impacts it would have on their environment.

Agricultural runoff is the single biggest contributor to water pollution in the country, the bulk of which comes from the unsustainable practices used to produce the vast quantities of feed grown to raise meat. This year, runoff pollution from feed crops and meat facilities was the primary cause of the largest dead zone on record in the Gulf of Mexico, which was about the size of New Jersey. This pollution not just an ecological problem: the toxins from agricultural runoff affects the drinking water supply of over 17 million Americans, exposing them to toxins linked to a variety of health impacts, including cancers and birth defects.

“The tens of thousands of petitions that we delivered today make it clear that people across the country want to see Tyson change, even outside of communities that are directly harmed by agricultural runoff,” said Aaron Viles, Manager of Organizing at Care2, an online petition organization that has partnered with Mighty Earth on this campaign. “Having clean water is an issue that everyone can get behind.”

Water pollution issues from agricultural runoff are worsening as the global demand for meat -- and the grains required to feed it -- expand. Jody Osmund, farmer and local food activist, emphasized that mitigating the pollution impacts of their supply chains is something that agribusiness corporations need to address. “The decisions about how things are done in the meat industry are concentrated in the hands of just a few companies, like Tyson. These companies determine how millions of animals are raised, what they eat, and how everything is produced. And they can decide to implement standards that make their meat better for the planet, better for our farms, and better for rural communities -- and their suppliers will listen.”

The vast quantity of feed grown to raise livestock and poultry is the largest source of meat’s environmental impact- and is largely ignored by the industry. The “Clean It Up, Tyson” campaign calls for Tyson’s CEO to commit to sourcing animal feed from suppliers that practice sustainable and regenerative agricultural methods, such as growing cover cropping, using less fertilizer, diversifying crops, limiting tillage, and stopping the clearing of native ecosystems such as the iconic American prairie. There is a growing call for companies like Tyson to make this change. In addition to having the direct support of over 63,000 people, this campaign is supported by over 260 businesses and organizations that represent more than 720,600 people.

“Citizens and consumers across the country are galvanized at Tyson’s new commitment to lead on sustainability, and clearly want to see water pollution prioritized as part of that,” noted Lucia von Reusner, National Campaign Director for Mighty Earth. “A commitment to implementing practices that prevent water pollution and regenerate our soils would show America that Tyson is sincere in its public pledges to wanting to ‘show how much good food can do’ and be ‘the most sustainable protein supplier, bar none'.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Mighty Earth: Victory on Chocolate; Intensifying Focus on Meat Industry

Dear friends,

I wanted to share some important updates with you regarding Mighty Earth’s work around the world to make agriculture environmentally and socially responsible. Also, stay tuned for a big announcement on the expansion of our work for clean energy.

A Breakthrough on Chocolate
First, we’re very pleased to announce that the world's leading chocolate companies, including Mars, Hershey, Mondelez, Nestle, Cargill, Olam, and Barry Callebaut and several others have committed to a groundbreaking plan to end deforestation in the chocolate industry, and invest in restoration of the forests of Ivory Coast and Ghana. The announcement follows Mighty Earth’s “Chocolate’s Dark Secret” report, which documented how up to 40 percent of Ivory Coast’s chocolate came from the destruction of national parks and protected areas, decimating populations of wildlife like chimpanzees and forest elephants.

In this effort, we worked with IDH - the sustainable trade initiative, the Prince of Wales' International Sustainability Unit and the World Cocoa Foundation as well as the governments of Ivory Coast and Ghana to hammer out these commitments. This initiative has been a model of civil society working together with governments, donors and companies to drive very rapid progress for a whole industry, and we’re proud to have played a role. We are also grateful to the Arcus Foundation for making this campaign possible.

Read more about this breakthrough, and the steps the chocolate industry needs to take to implement it here.

World’s Largest Meat Sellers Call for Action on Deforestation

On October 23, I had the opportunity to join Prince Charles and many government and business leaders for a meeting to discuss private sector action to stop deforestation.   This meeting also afforded us the opportunity to discuss our efforts to protect Gabon’s forests, wildlife and communities with Gabonese president Ali Bongo Ondimba.

At the meeting, 23 of the world’s largest meat sellers and soy end users, such as McDonald’s, Wal-mart, and Tesco, publicly called for soy and meat companies to stop driving massive destruction of South America's native ecosystems. The companies announced their support for the Cerrado Manifesto, a call by Brazilian and international NGOs, including Mighty Earth, to end destruction of the Brazilian Cerrado’s highly biodiverse native ecosystems and instead focus development on the regions tens of millions of acres of previously deforested, degraded land. The companies' action came after months of pressure from Mighty Earth and our allies on these companies to act, as well as our widely covered "Mystery Meat" exposé.

Deforestation for soy in Bolivia, documented by Mighty Earth's investigation. Photo: Jim Wickens, Ecostorm/Mighty Earth.

Unfortunately, companies directly responsible for driving the destruction of these ecosystems - such as Cargill, Bunge, and ADM – have colluded to deny their customers the responsibly produced meat consumers demand.  What’s especially shameful about these companies’ failure to act is that they are just being asked to repeat their own decade-long success through the Brazilian Soy Moratorium, where they have managed to expand soy production by six million acres without deforestation.

We hope that consumer companies like McDonald’s, Walmart and Ahold Delhaize  will back their words with action and shift their meat and soy purchases to companies that provide feed that is free of connection to the kind of destruction we’ve exposed in Brazil’s Cerrado and the Bolivian Amazon basin.

Read more here.

Transforming the Meat Industry in the Heartland

It’s possible to provide all the protein that America and the world need with a fraction of impact on land, water and climate that the meat industry currently uses. But the American meat industry has, through decades of concentration, purchased feed and managed livestock with little attention to these impacts.

This summer, Mighty Earth launched a major effort to make US agriculture far more sustainable. In June, we published groundbreaking research that mapped for the first time the relationship between major meat and feed companies’ facilities and agricultural water pollution pouring into the Mississippi and other American waterways, and that was largely responsible for this summer’s largest-ever dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico.

Mighty Earth Volunteers in Dallas, Texas

There is no company more responsible for this environmental crisis than Tyson Foods, America’s largest meat company. Thanks to generous support from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, we’ve been able to work with Green Corps and organizations like the Gulf Restoration Network and Care2 to extend a grassroots push to change Tyson across the Midwest and Gulf of Mexico. More than 230 local organizations and thousands of volunteers have taken action to urge Tyson to change.

The campaign seems to be getting some traction. Tyson CEO Tom Hayes recently appeared on CNBC’s Mad Money show with Jim Cramer to discuss growth prospects, and the conversation centered on Tyson’s ability to grow while providing sustainably sourced meat. While Tyson has yet to take any meaningful steps to back their in-principle commitment to sustainability,  it shows that grassroots demand in the heartlands is being heard. We’re going to keep it up.

Calling for Responsible Investment

Across our work focused on changing the private sector, we’ve found powerful allies in institutional investors like Green Century Capital Management, New York State Pension Fund, and the Norwegian Pension Fund, which use their financial might to persuade companies in which they invest to improve their environmental performance.  California’s pension fund, CalPers, has shown leadership by shifted investments away from coal, but has unfortunately continued to invest in companies like Bunge and Posco that engage in deforestation around the world. Mighty Earth’s Chairman, former Congressman Henry Waxman, this week took to the pages of the Sacramento Bee to call for CalPers to extend its leadership to forests.

We're doing a lot, but a lot must be done. Thank you to everyone who has contributed to making this progress - and the progress yet to come - possible. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Sincerely,

Glenn Hurowitz

P.S. You can provide urgently needed for support Mighty Earth’s campaigns with a tax-deductible contribution through our parent organization, the Center for International Policy. Just click here, and choose Mighty Earth from the drop-down menu. Thank you!


Statement on today’s EPA Biofuels: Administration “can’t even do the right thing for the wrong reasons”

Statement of Rose Garr, Campaign Director for Waxman Strategies, on the Renewable Fuel Volume Obligations (RVOs) announced by the EPA today:

This was a case where Trump should have done the right thing for the wrong reasons, but he managed to do the wrong thing anyway.

The EPA proposed in October to reduce consumption of polluting, food-based biofuels. But the volume rule issued today tethers us to corn ethanol and soy biodiesel while leaving cellulosic fuels to languish below last year’s levels. This approach is totally backward.

President Trump and Administrator Pruitt seem to have looked at the record-size dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico, the algal blooms and nitrate pollution across the Midwest, and the climate pollution coming from native ecosystems converted to crop production and decided to double down. I guess Trump found out that biofuels are even dirtier than dirty old oil and decided that he liked them even more.

Clearly, it’s time for Congressional leaders to tackle this issue head-on and reform the Renewable Fuel Standard. To protect the environment, we need to keep the best biofuels and lose the worst.