Alex Armstrong

¿Cuántos árboles caen en América por la carne que se come en Europa?

El País | Mar. 26, 2018

La ONG Mighty Earth denuncia que el pienso del ganado europeo incluye soja procedente de tierras deforestadas en Argentina y Paraguay.

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Klanten ABP: we zijn woedend, ontdaan en ontgoocheld

One World | Apr. 13, 2018 

Customers of the ABP pension fund reacted furiously to about the involvement of the Netherlands largest pension fund in the clearing of virgin rainforest in Papua for a palm oil plantation.

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Bad Year: Driving Deforestation

April 2018

Investigation finds that at least two of Goodyear’s major current suppliers have been linked to deforestation and human rights abuses at their rubber plantations in Cambodia and Cameroon.

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Fishy Culprits Threaten Our Oceans

With Summer just around the corner, many Americans are breaking out their tackle boxes and revving their boat engines in anticipation of sunny afternoons on the water, enjoying nature with their families. Unfortunately, a few seemingly innocuous companies, are quietly putting their profits over the health of our oceans and fish populations.

Right now, corporations with a short-term interest in selling a lot of equipment, like boat motors and tackle, are using their political power and influence in a way that threatens the long-term ability for anglers to enjoy the resource of our oceans. These special interests are working to repeal longstanding and sensible regulations on our fisheries, which will lead to overfishing, the potential loss of fish populations, and the destruction of critical ecosystems. We have a right to enjoy prosperous fisheries for years to come and the way to ensure that we can #KeepOceansFishy is to fish this big money out of fishing politics.

The Magnuson-Stevens Act and Its Attackers

As a result of effective federal conservation policies, the United States benefits from one of the most sustainable and profitable fisheries management systems in the world. The primary law governing marine fisheries management in U.S. federal waters is the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (MSA). The MSA uses science-based evidence to establish catch limits for fish that balance recreational and commercial fishing goals with the long-term viability of the nation’s fishery resources.

Established in 1976, and reauthorized six times, the law has been instrumental in the recovery of 44 fisheries around the country that had been depleted by years of excess fishing. Unfortunately, large trade associations are aggressively and effectively pushing for legislation that stands to jeopardize the long-term viability of our fisheries. These groups make progress by claiming to represent fishers but instead, actually represent fishing gear (motors, tackle, and more!) manufacturers who value short-term profit over the ability of our grandchildren to continue the tradition of fishing, Need further proof? Look no further than the American Sportfishing Association (ASA). The ASA has some surprising corporate sponsors: sunglasses company, Costa Del Mar; bicycle manufacturer, Shimano; and musical instrument giant, Yamaha. Although you might not expect these companies to have an interest in destroying our fisheries, the latter two produce more than bikes and pianos: Yamaha also manufactures motors for boats and Shimano sells fishing and rowing gear. Less regulation on fishing = more Yamaha motors on the water, more Shimano fishing rods in our hands, and more Costa Del Mar shades protecting our eyes on bright, fishing season days.

Special Interests Threaten the Red Snapper

One clear example of where we have already seen the will of trade associations and their corporate dollars put before fishery longevity and protection is in the case of the red snapper. In September 2017, after meeting with Yamaha and other special interests, Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross bent to the will of anti-conservation lobbyists, ignored federal law, and turned a blind eye to science-based decision-making by extending the recreational fishing season for the Gulf of Mexico red snapper from the recommended three days to 39 additional days. Scientists estimate that the extension will delay the recovery of the fishery by up to six years and is certain to lead to overfishing.

Help Us Win!

For the past 42 years the United States has enjoyed the advantages of robust, efficient federal fisheries management systems that the recreational fishing lobby is now threatening with funding from special interest groups. With the bottomless checkbook of these huge brands and the lobbying expertise of trade associations, we can only wonder what environmental regulations will be targeted next.

Want to take action to stop corporate interests, like Yamaha, from prioritizing their short-term gains at the expense of our fisheries? Sign our music fans’ petition here!


Nightmare in New Guinea

ALERT Conservation | Apr. 11, 2018 

A campaign by Mighty Earth, an environmental group, has prompted more than 20 companies to drop POSCO Daewoo as an oil-palm supplier.

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Biofuels may not be as 'green' and 'sustainable' as you're led to believe

Circa | Apr. 9, 2018 

Food-based fuels that have been promoted as "green" and "sustainable" alternatives to oil and gas may actually do more harm than good, according to a new environmental investigation by Mighty Earth.

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South Korean company under fire for alleged deforestation in Papua oil palm concession

Eco-Business | Apr. 6, 2018 

A report by WRI shows ongoing deforestation in an oil palm concession in Papua, Indonesia, operated by a subsidiary of South Korea’s POSCO Daewoo. The company previously came under fire for clearing vast swaths of pristine forest in Indonesia’s easternmost Papua province has continued to deforest its oil palm concession in an area of rich biodiversity.

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South Korean company under fire for alleged deforestation in Papua oil palm concession

Mongabay | Apr. 5, 2018 

In June 2017, the environmental NGO Mighty Earth sent out a letter warning palm oil buyers that buying the commodity from POSCO Daewoo would violate their “no deforestation” and Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) commitments.

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Hershey commits £355m to supply chain sustainability

edie.net | Apr. 5, 2018

Global confectionery company Hershey has committed $500m (£355m) to tackling child labour and links to deforestation in its supply chains, as part of a comprehensive new sustainability strategy.

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Tyson Responds to Environmental Campaign and Public Pressure, Addresses Pollution in Supply Chain

Responding to mounting pressure from local communities impacted by its pollution, investors, customers, and the environmental community, Tyson Foods has announced a commitment to improve farming practices on two million acres of grain by 2020. This commitment will include efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and agricultural runoff pollution from grains grown for animal feed, although the specifics and implementation plan have not yet been made public. Tyson’s commitment would cover about half of its U.S. feed supply chain.

“Tyson has begun to acknowledge the persistent calls for change from its customers, investors, and communities across America,” said Lucia von Reusner, Campaign Director for Mighty Earth. “This latest set of commitments are the direct result of thousands of Americans raising their voices and pushing Tyson to take responsibility for the environmental and health consequences of the factory farm system it pioneered. The devil is in the details and Tyson still needs to lay out the specifics of this new commitment- but if Tyson is indeed willing to lead, the broader meat industry will have to follow.”

Tyson Foods is America’s largest meat company and has significant influence over farming practices throughout its meat and feed supply chain. The meat industry is the leading source of water contamination in the country, with pollution from manure and feed production contaminating drinking water and productive waterways across the country.Mighty Earth released an investigation last summer linking Tyson’s supply chain to widespread water pollution and the largest dead zone on record in the Gulf of Mexico.

Hundreds of thousands of Americans across the Midwest, Gulf of Mexico, and Chesapeake Bay have joined Mighty Earth’s #CleanItUpTyson campaign, which has been calling on the company to address water contamination driven by its supply chain. Over 300 national and local environmental, business, farmer, and labor groups have joined the campaign, and a shareholder proposal urging Tyson to address the risks of water contamination from its supply chain received support from 63% of non-Tyson family shareholders in February. Last September, communities members in Tonganoxie, Kansas rejected a $320 million proposed Tyson plant, citing concerns about water contamination, as well as other local impacts.

Mighty Earth’s #CleanItUpTyson campaign emphasizes sustainable feed sourcing practices, which have been largely ignored by the industry, as significant opportunities to reduce meat’s environmental and public health impacts. Key areas for improving feed sourcing include improper fertilization, poor soil management practices, non-diverse crop rotations, and destruction of natural ecosystem buffers, such as wetlands and grasslands.

While ambitious, Tyson’s announcement does not yet contain details about how this commitment will be implemented or verified. Other major environmental impacts from Tyson’s supply chain that the company has yet to address include greenhouse gas emissions and runoff from improperly disposed manure, destruction of native ecosystems to produce feed, methane from cattle, and toxic discharges from local facilities. This commitment puts Tyson ahead of competitors like Cargill, JBS, Perdue, and other major meat processors who have so far largely neglected to address the environmental consequences of their supply chains.

Tyson’s latest commitment is part of the company’s new strategy to become a consumer-facing brand focused on sustainability, led by new CEO Tom Hayes and Chief Sustainability Officer Justin Whitmore. Tyson recently announced a commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 30 percent by 2030, and is in the process of releasing the specifics on how this goal will be implemented.

More information on the #CleanItUpTyson campaign can be found at http://www.mightyearth.org/u-s-agriculture/.


L’Europe s’attaque timidement à la déforestation importée

Euractiv | Apr. 3 2018 

Les importations européennes de soja, de cacao ou encore d’huile de palme entretiennent la déforestation dans les pays en développement. En Europe, la lutte contre ces dommages collatéraux est compliquée par les enjeux agricoles.

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Des artisans chocolatiers à la rescousse du cacao

Basta! | Apr. 3, 2018 

Avec le changement climatique, la production de cacao est de plus en plus menacée. De quoi inquiéter la poignée d’industriels du chocolat qui se partagent le marché, au détriment de la durabilité de la filière et des conditions de travail de ses ouvriers.

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Meat Feeling the Pressure to Reduce Impacts

In the past month, two of the world’s largest meat sellers announced commitments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from their supply chains. This is significant because the meat industry emits more greenhouse gas emissions than the transportation sector globally,[i] due largely to methane from livestock, mismanaged manure, and deforestation and over-fertilization of fields that produce feed.[ii] Many of the practices driving the sector’s climate impacts are also causing widespread water contamination, particularly from excess manure and fertilizer pollution washing off fields that grow feed.

In response to growing public concern about these environmental consequences, global meat giant Tyson Foods recently announced it would reduce emissions from its North America operations (Scope 1 and Scope 2) 30% by 2030, and emissions intensity 30% for its Scope 3 supply chain impacts.[iii] Shortly thereafter, Tyson’s major customer, McDonald’s, announced its commitment to reducing greenhouse gas impacts from restaurants and offices 36% by 2030 from a 2015 baseline, and to reduce greenhouse gas emissions intensity from its supply chain 31% during the same timeframe.

These commitments are of course intertwined, with McDonald’s success depending in large part on the efforts of its meat suppliers like Tyson. At the moment, both commitments are missing key details needed to understand how ambitious the companies intend to be. For example, Tyson does not include a baseline year from when it intends to cut emissions, and is vague on scope: will the commitment be global, across all its meat supply chains, and will it include the vast quantities of feed grown to raise all its meat?

These questions are particularly pressing, as shown by a new Mighty Earth investigation into the destruction of forests and other native ecosystems in Latin America to grow soy for global meat animals. This latest report found that the meat industry relies on massive quantities of soy for animal feed to raise livestock: about three quarters of the world’s soy is used for animal feed. In addition, more than one million square kilometers of land are dedicated to growing soy, an area almost three times the size of Germany. This builds on our findings of widespread water contamination and native prairie clearance here in the United States from the meat and feed industry. This only deepens the urgency of Tyson addressing the full scope of its environmental impacts, both in the context of its new greenhouse gas commitments and in the broader context of reducing the environmental harm of its practices in the US and worldwide.

Will Tyson rise to the challenge of meeting global protein demands without destroying the planet? We sure hope so! Join our #CleanItUpTyson campaign to get involved.

 

Sources:

[i] https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/nov/07/big-meat-big-dairy-carbon-emmissions-exxon-mobil

[ii] http://www.fao.org/ag/againfo/resources/en/publications/tackling_climate_change/index.htm

[iii] https://www.greenbiz.com/article/tyson-sustainability-agenda


Viande : comment des entreprises françaises contribuent à la déforestation en Amérique du Sud

Basta! | Mar. 29 2018 

La déforestation, qui représente 20% des émissions mondiales de gaz à effet de serre, poursuit son cours en Amérique latine.

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Arcus Foundation's Support of Mighty Earth Has Major Impact on a Destructive Cacao Industry

Philanthropy New York | Mar. 29, 2018 

Mighty Earth targets groups or industries wreaking havoc on the forests, oceans or air, and pushes them to change.

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