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The trouble with chocolate


The Washington Post | October 29, 2019

A decade after Mars and other chocolate makers vowed to stop rampant deforestation, the problem has gotten worse.

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Indonesian court fines palm oil firm $18.5m over forest fires in 2015


Mongabay | October 28, 2019 

An Indonesian court has fined a palm oil company $18.5 million for fires that destroyed 970 hectares (2,400 acres) of forest on its concession in Borneo in 2015.

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The New Makers of Plant-Based Meat? Big Meat Companies


The New York Times | October 14, 2019 

Tyson, Smithfield, Perdue and Hormel have all rolled out meat alternatives, filling supermarket shelves with an array of plant-based burgers, meatballs and chicken nuggets.

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UK fast food ‘linked to Brazilian forest fires’


BBC | October 9, 2019 

Some of the UK's largest fast-food chains have been selling meat from animals fed on soya beans linked to Brazil's forest fires, campaigners say.

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Home to the screaming hairy armadillo: the forest the world forgot


The Guardian | October 5, 2019 

The deforestation of the Gran Chaco is dangerously overshadowed by its neighbour, the Amazon

From Environmental Leader to ‘Worst Company in the World’


The New York Times | July 29, 2019 

For years, the American agricultural giant Cargill has been on relatively good terms with environmental advocates, praised for agreeing to a landmark moratorium on buying soybeans grown on deforested land in the Amazon rain forest. In recent weeks, though, that relationship has soured over the company’s refusal to agree to a similar moratorium in another environmentally sensitive region of Brazil and, more broadly, over its failure to meet its anti-deforestation targets.

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Ethical wood body warns Indonesian palm oil firm over forest clearing


Reuters | July 25, 2019 

An international green certification body said Indonesian member firm Korindo Group breached its rules on clearing forests to grow oil palm but would not be expelled after a two-year probe.

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Environmentalists put more pressure on Cargill to slow forest-to-farm movement in Brazil


Minneapolis Star Tribune | July 13, 2019 

Pressure is mounting on Cargill Inc. to do more for native vegetation in Brazil, South America’s food powerhouse.

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World’s forests ‘in emergency room’ after years of losses


Reuters | April 25, 2019 

The world lost 12 million hectares (30 million acres) of tropical tree cover last year - the equivalent of 30 football pitches a minute - researchers said on Thursday, warning the planet’s health was at stake.

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Leading French soy buying companies rated over disclosure


Feed Navigator | April 19, 2019

US based environmental campaign group, Mighty Earth, along with other NGOs, has ranked some of the leading soy buyers in France for compliance with recently established legislation in that market.

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What’s the most eco-friendly chocolate to buy for Easter?


Treehugger | April 18, 2019 

The annual Easter Buyer's Guide for Environmental Chocolate, created by environmental advocacy group Mighty Earth, is a useful guideline for conscientious chocolate buyers. It's a set of scorecards for more than 50 chocolate brands, retailers, and suppliers, designed to help people make more ethical and eco-friendly choices.

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Western Industrial Farming Is Eating Our Forests and Accelerating Climate Change


Motherboard | April 17, 2019

The dynamics of deforestation are increasingly inseparable from the growing demand for food from consumers in the most developed countries.

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Mighty Earth wants to push 2020 candidates on the use of biofuels


Iowa City Press-Citizen | March 31, 2019 

In Iowa, approximately 2.7 billion bushels of corn are produced annually. The 43 in-state ethanol refineries demand approximately 1 billion bushels to operate. This is big business for the state. Iowa produces over a quarter of the ethanol in the United States. One advocacy group in the state is asking those candidates to make a potentially risky political stand in a state where corn is king.

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Green activists push soya traders on Brazil deforestation


Financial Times | March 4, 2019 

Climate activists are pushing the world’s largest agricultural traders to go “beyond nice statements” and enact concrete measures to tackle deforestation caused by soya production in Brazil’s Cerrado region.

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Bank of China to review funding of dam in orangutan habitat in Sumatra


Mongabay | March 12, 2019 

Bank of China has promised to evaluate a hydroelectric project it is helping fund in Indonesia, which activists say threatens the only known habitat of the Tapanuli orangutan, the rarest great ape species on Earth.

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The Real Price of a Chocolate Bar: West Africa’s Rainforests


YaleEnvironment 360 | February 21, 2019 

Ivory Coast has lost more than 80 percent of its forests in the last 50 years, mainly to cocoa production. The government has a plan to turn over management of former forest to international chocolate manufacturers: Is it a conservation strategy or a land grab?

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Tire makers, NGOs work to end dispute regarding Global Platform for Sustainable Natural Rubber


Rubber & Plastics News | January 25, 2019 

There appears to have been a breakthrough in the dispute between tire makers and NGOs over the governance structure of the Global Platform for Sustainable Natural Rubber.

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La industria chocolatera arrasa con los bosques de Costa de Marfil, según el informe de una ONG


El Pais | December 10, 2018 

The illegal logging of trees to increase cocoa plantations in the African country persists despite the commitments made by large firms.

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Palm Oil Was Supposed to Help Save the Planet. Instead It Unleashed a Catastrophe.


The New York Times Magazine | November 20, 2018

A decade ago, the U.S. mandated the use of vegetable oil in biofuels, leading to industrial-scale deforestation — and a huge spike in carbon emissions.

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Soy destruction in Argentina leads straight to our dinner plates


The Guardian | October 26, 2018 

Argentina’s Gran Chaco forest is being razed for soya, ending up in Europe as animal feed, and on our plates. It’s the backbone of Argentina’s fragile economy, but has come at a price for the indigenous people who live there

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