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Pirelli Tires Commits to Deforestation Free Rubber


Global tire giant Pirelli, a major user of natural rubber, has released a sustainable rubber policy that promises to protect people and forests by banning deforestation, land grabbing, and labor abuse.  

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Today’s Big Chocolate Industry Announcement – What It Means


After a bitter past, the chocolate industry is off to a sweet new start when it comes to protecting forests, as it agreed today to end deforestation for cocoa in West Africa.

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Guest Post: Young Conservationist’s Response to Mighty’s Chocolate Investigation


I’m Hannah and I’m 10 years old. I live in Manchester, England. And here is how Mighty Earth inspired me to try and spread the word.

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Local Groups Sign Open Letter Calling on Tyson CEO to Fulfill Sustainability Promises


Over 230 local business, farmer, environmental, and community groups from across the country have joined the nation-wide campaign to hold America’s largest meat company accountable for the water pollution affecting their communities.

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Statement on 23 companies’ call for end to deforestation to produce meat


The Cerrado Manifesto, a commitment announced today by 23 major meat retailers and consumer goods companies, could represent the beginning of the end of deforestation for soy in Latin America.

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In Rare Instance, Environmentalists Agree with Scott Pruitt’s EPA: Lower Biodiesel Mandates


It’s a shame that Pruitt is backing away from his agency’s proposal to reduce biodiesel levels. We don’t agree with the EPA on much of anything, but we did agree on this.

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Six Maps that Explain the Ivory Coast Cocoa Crisis


Mighty partnered with MapHubs to map deforestation linked to Cocoa in the Ivory Coast. Leo Bottrill and Kris Carle, MapHubs’ Founders, explain through six maps how this was possible.

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New Investigation Into British Retailers’ Supply Chains Finds Soy Linked to Deforestation


A new Mongabay investigation into the supply chains of major Britsh retailers including McDonalds, Tesco, and Morrisions, buy from Cargill which raises their poultry on imported soy directly linked to deforestation in Bolivia and Brazil.

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#CleanItUpTyson campaign kicks off across the country


Last week, communities from Des Moines to New Orleans met in town halls across the country to build the call for Tyson’s CEO to #CleanItUpTyson. Community members gathered to share ideas and brainstorm strategies for urging America’s largest meat company to clean up pollution from its supply chain...

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This palm oil company promised destruction – and it delivered.


Deforestation is continuing across Indonesia because of rogue companies that are attempting to evade these new environmental and social requirements on a vast scale...

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New satellite mapping reveals POSCO Daewoo continues to clear Indonesian rainforest at rapid pace in second half of 2017


New satellite mapping of Papua, Indonesia - home to the third largest rainforest in the world - shows that the Korean conglomerate POSCO Daewoo has continued to rapidly clear large areas of the rainforest for palm oil production at its palm oil plantation called PT Bio Inti Agrindo (PT BIA).

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Mighty Earth partners with Green Corps to Clean Up America’s Meat


Tyson Foods needs to step up and make a clear commitment to cleaning up pollution from its meat that is contaminating waters across the country. That’s the core message that Green Corps organizers will be bringing to communities most affected by this pollution as part of Mighty Earth’s campaign for cleaner meat.

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Environmental group cries “fowl” over biodiesel event


The National Biodiesel Board offered Congressional members and staff free French fries today, but the group’s touting of used cooking oil misrepresents the real-world reality of biodiesel production. Environmentalists and their animal ‘friends’ attended the event to share information about the strong links between biodiesel and deforestation.

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La destruction de parcs nationaux par l’industrie du chocolat révélée par une enquête


Une nouvelle enquête menée par Mighty Earth et intitulée L’amère déforestation du chocolat, révèle qu’une quantité importante du cacao avec lequel Mars, Nestlé, Hershey, Godiva et d’autres grandes marques fabriquent leur chocolat est cultivée illégalement dans des parcs nationaux et des aires protégées en Côte d’Ivoire et au Ghana.

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Investigation Links Chocolate to Destruction of National Parks


A new investigation by Mighty Earth, “Chocolate’s Dark Secret,” finds that a large amount of the cocoa used in chocolate produced by Mars, Nestle, Hershey’s, Godiva, and other major chocolate companies was grown illegally in national parks and other protected areas in Ivory Coast and Ghana.

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Samsung Breaks Business Ties with Notorious Indonesian Rainforest Destroyer Korindo


Environmental NGO Mighty Earth and consumer group SumOfUs announced victory today as Samsung declared that it has no plans to pursue a joint venture or any business with the Korean-Indonesian conglomerate, Korindo. The announcement comes on the heels of a two-month intensive online campaign calling on Samsung to drop the joint venture.

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Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp Found Using Paper Linked to Rainforest Destruction


The Australian NGO Markets for Change and Mighty Earth launched a campaign this week targeting News Corp Australia over its ties with rainforest destroyer Korindo. The organizations distributed parody newspapers of News Corp’s Australian properties The Courier Mail (“The Courier Fail”) and The Australian (The Not Australian).

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Video release: “Burning Paradise” One Year Later


Mighty and Korea Federation for Environmental Movements (KFEM) release video showing how a year of citizen action around the world is creating pressure to stop the Korean-Indonesian conglomerate Korindo’s destruction of “the Land of the Tree Kangaroo”

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Henry Waxman, National Wildlife Federation, Sierra Club and Others Urge EPA and Congress to Reduce Biofuel Mandates


A growing coalition of environmental and anti-hunger groups, including former Congressman Henry Waxman, now chairman of Mighty Earth, urged the EPA today to reconsider and reduce mandates for conventional, food-based biofuels. Over 40,000 individuals also commented to EPA in support of reducing volume levels.

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Papuan Community Leaders Call For Protection of Indigenous Rights; Also Hit Back at Korindo Group’s Manipulation of Stakeholder Meeting


On August 9th, leaders from Papuan indigenous communities hosted a press conference in Merauke in honor of the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples and timed with the first Papuan Film Festival which focused on the theme of indigenous rights and environmental sustainability.  

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Activists in South Korea Rally Against Indonesian Rainforest Destruction by Korean Conglomerate POSCO Daewoo


Mighty Earth joined with The Korea Federation for Environmental Movements (KFEM), Korea’s largest environmental NGO, at a rally in Gwanghwamun North Square in Seoul, South Korea on Monday, July 31st, to demand that the Korean conglomerate POSCO Daewoo stop destroying Indonesian rainforest on its palm oil plantation in Papua.

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Mystery Meat II


Tyson Foods, America’s Largest Meat Company, Leads Those Found to be driving massive Manure and Fertilizer Pollution

A new report, released by Mighty Earth, identifies the companies responsible for the widespread manure and fertilizer pollution contaminating water from the Heartland to the Gulf.

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Mighty Earth and Olam Joint Statement Following Visit to Gabon


Conservation NGO Mighty Earth and Olam International have completed a 5 day series of meetings and visits in Gabon as part of their agreement, announced in February 2017, to move forward on models for responsible agricultural development in highly forested countries.

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France announces new five-year climate plan that puts end to “imported deforestation” of products like palm oil and soy


Last week, Ecology Minister Nicolas Hulot laid out France’s new “climate plan” which includes greater efforts to protect the world’s tropical rainforests in the Amazon, West Africa, and Southeast Asia.

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Mighty Earth Calls Out EPA on Dirty Biofuels Proposal


A proposal released last week by the EPA includes troubling news for tropical forests and other ecosystems threatened by encroaching industrial agriculture.

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Samsung partnership with Korindo ignites another fire scandal


Samsung’s phones are not the only thing in their business catching on fire.

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Burger King Commits to Stop Destroying Rainforests…in 13 Years


Burger King released new environmental commitments today following a joint campaign by Mighty Earth, Union of Concerned Scientists, Rainforest Foundation Norway, and SumOfUs.

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Mighty Published in New Journal on Key Environmental Issues in Asia, EnviroLab Asia


Mighty Campaign Director Deborah Lapidus contributes foreward on palm oil for a new academic journal focused on key environmental issues in Asia, called EnviroLab Asia.

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Buyers Beware: POSCO Daewoo’s Deforestation Palm Oil is Ready for International Markets  —  But Global Buyers are Rejecting it


POSCO Daewoo, Korea’s largest trading company, operates a 34,195 hectare palm oil plantation located in the Ulilin district in Merauke, Papua, Indonesia called PT Bio Inti Agrindo (PT BIA). PT BIA just released its first “Environmental and Social Report” for 2016.

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Finally, Real Action from Big Banks on Deforestation


This month BNP Paribas, the world’s seventh-largest financial institution, announced a new palm oil policy that sets responsible palm oil production as a pre-condition for financing. The policy requires that companies receiving financing protect forests and indigenous people.

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Germany’s Mystery Meat: Despite Grown in Germany marketing, investigation shows large companies selling meat connected to the destruction of Amazon rainforest


The animal feed used to raise German livestock is driving deforestation across Latin America, according a new analysis by environmental group Mighty Earth.

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Still At It


Cargill and Bunge Caught Destroying the Equivalent of 10,000 Football Fields for the Global Meat Trade

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Forest Stewardship Council Accepts Mighty Earth’s Formal Complaint Against Korindo


Mighty Earth has submitted a complaint today to the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), a global sustainable forestry certification body, regarding agribusiness Korindo’s deforestation activities.

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Major Anti-Climate Provision Added to the Omnibus Appropriations Bill


“Just because Congress says burning trees for electricity is carbon neutral doesn’t mean that it is. This provision repeats some of the same mistakes in the Renewable Fuel Standard that has had massive unintended negative consequences for forests, the climate, and consumers. By incentivizing dirty energy, this policy will disadvantage truly clean renewables like wind and solar. "

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We Need Your Help to Stop the King of Deforestation


You’ve liked, shared, commented and rallied. Here's what else you can do to stop deforestation in Latin America.

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The Chocolate Crisis


Today, the world’s largest chocolate makers met with the Prince of Wales to discuss solutions to the chocolate industry’s biggest problem: the destruction of rainforests to make way for large-scale chocolate production.

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Engajamundo Rallies Outside Sao Paulo Burger King


Look at inspiring photos of the Brazilian environmental youth activist group in action.

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Cargill and Bunge face escalating pressure to clean up supply chain


In the wake of Mighty Earth’s Ultimate Mystery Meat report, soy traders Bunge and Cargill are facing escalating pressure for supply chain reform from their customers, investors, and the public around the globe.

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Activists Demonstrate Nationwide Against Burger King Deforestation Links


From White Plains, New York to Austin, Texas, conscientious consumers stood together to protest Burger King’s lack of any meaningful sustainability policy.

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Une enquête révèle l’implication d’une chaine de fast-food et de géants de l’agrobusiness dans une entreprise de déforestation à grande échelle en Amérique latine


Des analyses satellites, des vidéos captées par des drones et des entretiens sur le terrain témoignent des répercussions énormes de la production mondiale de viande sur les écosystèmes d’Amérique latine

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Indonesia’s second largest palm oil producer fails to deliver on its sustainability policy


Astra Agro Lestari, Indonesia’s second largest palm oil company, has failed to address several key gaps in implementing its sustainability policy that were identified in an assessment by several Indonesian and international NGOs last September.

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New Investigation Exposes Extensive Deforestation in Latin America Connected to Burger King and Major American Agribusinesses


A new report, released today by Mighty Earth and Rainforest Foundation Norway (RFN), details findings of an investigation into Burger King and two major soy producers found in its supply chain, Cargill and Bunge.

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Mighty Earth Investigation New York Times’ Most Emailed Story


New York Times reporter Hiroko Tabuchi exposed extensive deforestation in Bolivia and Brazil. It was the most emailed story this weekend.

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Mighty’s Agreement with World’s Largest Farmer Could Have Major Implications for the World’s Forests


Under the agreement, Olam agreed to suspend deforestation for palm oil and rubber, and also apply the industry-standard High Carbon Stock approach to its third-party suppliers (the agreement doesn’t apply to commodities other than palm oil and rubber, such as cocoa and coffee, areas we are continuing to investigate).

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Olam and Mighty Earth agree to collaborate on Forest Conservation and Sustainable Agriculture in Highly Forested Countries


Mighty Earth and Olam agreed to move forward on two imperatives after their meeting in Washington, D.C.

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Korindo Goes Back on No-Deforestation Pledge


Campaign Director Deborah Lapidus was on Australian network ABC today speaking about Korindo's devastating impact on West Papua.

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Satellite Data Shows Korindo Violates Deforestation Moratorium


Weeks after its moratorium, Korindo’s PT Papua Agro Lestari concession in the Indonesian island of Papua carved out plantation “blocks” on approximately 1,400 hectares of forest, an activity also known as “stacking”, which is the final step of land development prior to forest clearing.

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Samling’s Forest Crime Spree Moves to Myanmar


A new report details Samling's crime-ridden palm oil operations in Malaysia, just another in a long line of abuses by the company.

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Newly Released Guidance Aims to Improve Transparency in the Palm Oil Industry


With rainforest destruction and forced labor urgent concerns in palm oil cultivation, a diverse group of NGOs and investor organizations releases today shared guidance for corporate reporting on company commitments towards responsible palm oil sourcing and production.

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Korindo Announces Moratorium on Forest Clearing for Palm Oil Concessions But Critical Questions Remain


Korindo has recently taken the positive step of announcing land clearing moratoria for all of its palm oil operations, following discussions with its global customers. However, critical questions remain about how Korindo plans to enforce and independently verify adherence to its moratorium.

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Organizers Rally to Ask Burger King to Stop Destroying Forests for Fast Food


On Tuesday, organizers in seven cities gathered at their local Burger King to protest the burger giant's deforestation for soy. Below is the press release for the rally in Miami, Florida.

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KFEM and Wahli Stand in Solidarity Against Deforestation


Activists from the Korean Federation for Environmental Movements (KFEM) and Wahli (Friends of the Earth Indonesia) held a solidarity action late last month in Bandar Lampung, Indonesia against deforestation by agribusiness giant Korindo.

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Olam’s Newfound Transparency Constructive But It’s Not Ready to Put Down the Chainsaws


Today, Olam has cracked open its black box to the light of day. However, important questions remain about their sourcing.

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New Report Identifies Secret Market for Deforestation-Linked Palm Oil


A new report released today by Mighty and Gabon-based NGO Brainforest reveals that Olam, one of the world’s leading agribusiness traders, is operating a secretive palm oil trading operation.

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Victory: Biomass Loophole Removed from Legislation


BREAKING: the proposed amendment to federal legislation that would incentivize burning of biomass by declaring it “carbon-neutral” seems to be officially dead.

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PGE Tests Biomass at Boardman Coal Plant


Today, the Sierra Club released a report analyzing a proposal from Portland General Electric (PGE) to convert the state’s last coal plant in Boardman, Oregon into one of the world’s largest biomass facilities. The report finds that the proposal may pose major implications for air quality, forest health, and carbon reduction goals.

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Korindo Subsidiary’s New ‘Sustainability’ Commitments Fail to Deliver Meaningful Change


For the sake of the 44,600 hectares of forest remaining in the concessions covered by the moratorium, we at Mighty hope that Korindo follows through on this commitment. But even if it does cease deforestation in these areas, Korindo needs to take many other actions before being considered responsible.

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This Small Change Is Big News for the World’s Forests


It’s time to breathe a big sigh of relief that the light at the end of the tunnel is near. The two groups today announced an agreement that will bring all the standards together, following a year-long convergence process.

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Letter to Wind Companies: Drop Korindo


Notorious driver of deforestation Korindo isn't just a palm oil company. Ironically, the Korean-Indonesian conglomerate is also a wind tower manufacturer.

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Extensive Satellite, Video, Photographic Evidence Shows Korindo’s Systematic Use of Fire


Although a member of Korindo’s field technical staff admitted at a press event that his company does indeed use illegal fires to clear land for its oil palm plantations, the Korindo corporation now publicly asserts that it does not use this dangerous practice.

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Rainforest Campaign Gets Big Response in South Korea


Following the launch of our “Burning Paradise” report on Korindo, which prompted the Indonesian government to announce a major investigation and garnered widespread media coverage, Mighty team members Bustar Maitar and Deborah Lapidus traveled to South Korea to participate in a speaking and media tour.

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Massive Fires on the Concessions of Indonesia’s Second Biggest Palm Oil Producer


One year ago, Astra Agro Lestari (Astra), the second largest private palm oil grower in Indonesia, adopted a new, ambitious No Deforestation, No Peat, No Exploitation policy. However, a new report shows that, one year in, the implementation of Astra’s sustainability policy leaves much to be desired.

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UPDATE: Indonesian Government Launches Official Investigation into Korindo for Burning, Deforestation


With stunning images, our inaugural report, "Burning Paradise," documented how the Korean-Indonesian conglomerate Korindo had engaged in systematic illegal burning of rainforest in Papua. Following the press conference, the Indonesian government announced that it would follow up with its own investigation into Korindo’s deforestation and burning.

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Investigation Reveals Deforestation Throughout Palm Oil Supply Chain


A groundbreaking new investigation released today reveals new satellite, photographic, and video evidence of massive deforestation and illegal burning of pristine rainforest by the Korean-Indonesian corporation Korindo, to support establishment of its palm oil plantations on the Indonesian provinces of Papua and North Maluku.

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Waxman blasts egregious biomass rider


Former California Democratic Rep. Henry Waxman is criticizing language in the fiscal 2017 Interior Department and U.S. EPA spending bill he said would amount to a "loophole" that ignores carbon dioxide emissions from the burning of biomass for energy.

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Michelin Isn’t Reinventing the Wheel, It’s Reinventing the Rubber Supply Chain


Scientists estimate that a forest the size of Indiana will be cut down to plant rubber trees over the next eight years. Michelin, the world’s largest buyer of natural rubber, says the deforestation has to stop and it’s pledging to go green.

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Straight Talk on Indonesia’s Deforestation


The Indonesian government has stepped up its efforts to fight haze caused by deforestation, but is the private sector doing its part?

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What Companies are Taking Their Responsible Sourcing Commitments Seriously?


IOI Group was suspended from the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil, and instead of cleaning up its act has decided to file a lawsuit. We asked consumer companies to make a commitment to no longer source from IOI Group and its processing arm IOI Loders Croklaan. See where some of the biggest global companies stand on responsible palm oil sourcing.

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