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On World Rainforest Day, Global Brands Must Honor Commitment to End Deforestation by 2020


Global coalition calls on CGF to take ambitious, immediate action to protect forests, the climate, and human health

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Sumitomo Doubles Down on Coal, Releases More Rhetoric on Sustainability


Japanese conglomerate plans to continue work on disastrous coal plant project in Bangladesh despite climate, public health, budgetary, and environmental concerns

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Ten Reasons Why Sumitomo’s Matarbari Coal Plant is a Terrible Idea


The first Matarbari coal plant is a disaster – it is expensive, a bad investment, and an embarrassment to Sumitomo and Japan. Here are ten reasons why a second plant should never see the light of day.

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Ending Gag Lawsuits in Europe: Protecting Democracy and Fundamental Rights


Mighty Earth has joined 119 other NGOs to publish a policy paper advising the EU to put an end to gag lawsuits. Gag lawsuits, also known as Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation.

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Mighty Earth Stands for Racial Justice


We stand in solidarity with those targeted by police violence and the protesters demanding justice.

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Supermarkets Urged to Actually Stop Buying from Companies Destroying the Amazon


Action is necessary to stop the bulldozing of the Amazon and the killing of Indigenous people

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Stop Destroying the Planet & Shop Responsibly


Customers and other community members across Massachusetts have joined Mighty Earth’s call for Stop & Shop to environmental standards for their meat and to cut ties with Cargill.

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Grocery Stores Threatening Brazil Boycott Must Go Further to Truly Protect Forests


Their customers - and the world - expect these brands not just to call for action, but to act.

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Indigenous Papuan Man Killed by Brutal Beating at Korindo Palm Oil Plantation


Our hearts go out to the family and friends of Marius Betera, who are now suffering as result of this appalling act of violence.

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Unilever, Mars, Hershey, and World’s Largest Palm Oil Traders Suspend Rogue Supplier Over Its Relentless Deforestation


Samling scrambles to adopt sham policy to keep customers while destroying rainforests

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European Tire & Rubber Manufacturers Plan to Put More Vehicles on the Roads in Response to Covid-19


Proposal for an EU-funded vehicle renewal scheme would likely increase car ownership and could pose serious public health risks

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New Report: Pork giant Danish Crown linked to tropical deforestation


“How the Sausage Gets Made,” documents the links between Danish Crown’s soy supply and regions in South America where soy-driven deforestation is occurring.

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‘World’s largest farmer’ faces investigation into deforestation


Olam cleared rainforests over half the size of Singapore.

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Big Meat Companies Are Making the Pandemic Worse


In the midst of a global crisis, the meat industry continues to pack people and animals into factories, fueling the spread of the current pandemic and making the next one more likely.

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G20 Must Protect People and Planet During Coronavirus Pandemic


Mighty Earth signs on to a landmark Open Letter calling on G20 leaders to ensure the current coronavirus global crisis spurs countries to champion recovery solutions that spur economic activity and accelerates the transition to low-carbon economies.

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Video: Protecting Forests to Prevent Pandemics


Watch a webinar on the link between deforestation and pandemics, the value of nature-based solutions in preventing future pandemics, and the role of private sector and regulatory agencies in driving ambitious action to protect forests in 2020.

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EU Coronavirus Bailout Must Deliver a Just and Sustainable Recovery


Mighty Earth has joined calls to ensure the European Union’s coronavirus financial bail out and national Sustainable Recovery Plans that delivers a greener and more socially and environmentally just recovery.

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Mighty Earth COVID-19 response for Cocoa Farmers


Mighty Earth and the other NGO members of the VOICE Network are deeply concerned about the effects of COVID-19 on cocoa farming households, a group already in a vulnerable position.

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Mighty Earth joins call for Green Recovery for EU Agriculture


EU should publish its new "Farm to Fork" strategy to transition European agriculture towards a greener, healthier future.

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New Report Identifies “Coronavirus Climate Profiteers”


Mighty Earth names top polluters exploiting the pandemic to weaken environmental protections and grab subsidies and identifies “climate heroes” doing the right thing in time of crisis

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World’s Largest Chocolate Companies Rated on Efforts to End Environmental and Labor Abuses


International Advocacy Groups Publish Joint Consumer Purchasing Guide Just in Time for the Easter Holiday

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Mighty Earth Chairman Henry Waxman Responds to Trump Administration’s Fuel Efficiency Rollbacks


In response to the Trump Administration's rollback of Obama era fuel efficiency rules, Mighty Earth Chairman, Henry Waxman, has released a statement.

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Mighty Earth and the Coronavirus – A Letter from CEO Glenn Hurowitz


An update on our plans and priorities as we navigate the Coronavirus pandemic

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Architects, Engineers, Builders, and Activists Declare 2030 Must Become the New 2050 in the Climate Emergency


Steel and concrete industries targeted by their top customers for dramatic GHG emissions reductions in next ten years

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Global Protests Call on Mitsubishi Corporation to Stop Investing in Coal Power


Climate activists around the world rally in front of Mitsubishi to stop the Vung Ang 2 coal power plant

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Major Rainforest Destroyer in Indonesia Pledges to Address its Deforestation Legacy


South Korea's largest trading company, POSCO International, has published a long-awaited zero deforestation policy for its global palm oil operations.

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U.S. Leaders: Protect Our Oceans from Climate Change


We have successfully brought back many fish stocks from overfished levels, but now we need to protect them in a changing climate.

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Report: Bridgestone Connected to Ongoing Labor and Environmental Concerns on its Liberia Rubber Plantation


New investigation documents serious ongoing issues at the planet’s largest rubber plantation

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In 2020, Retailers Must Stop Stocking Environmental Destruction


Supermarkets largely dictate the kinds of food that people have access to, and their buying decisions can therefore mean the difference between healthy ecosystems and ecological destruction. 

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Activists Stage Protest at Tyson Shareholder Meeting over Sustainability Concerns


Pressure is on for Tyson to abide by 2018 sustainability commitments

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Mighty Earth endorses open letter to end child labor in US agriculture


Mighty Earth endorsed an open letter led by the Child Labor Coalition (CLC), of which we are a member, to end child labor in US agriculture.

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New Analysis: Batang Toru Hydroelectric Plant ‘Unnecessary’


The dam's backers have mischaracterized, exaggerated, or manufactured much of the rationale for the project.

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Mighty Earth Calls on Indonesian Government to Release Imprisoned Journalist Philip Jacobson


A free press is essential to creating the transparency and accountability necessary for both responsible governance and environmental stewardship

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Stretching the possibilities for a sustainable rubber industry in 2020


We believe all these things and more are achievable in 2020, and will continue to try to stretch the possibilities for transforming the natural rubber industry this year.

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Tyson: Keep Your Promise


Tyson Foods has a long track record as one of the most polluting companies in America. Overcoming this reputation will require transparency and clear evidence of verifiable changes that are reported to the public.

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Mighty Earth “Cocoa Accountability Map” Brings Unprecedented Transparency to Cocoa Industry in Côte d’Ivoire


Interactive map includes never-before-released information, including locations of Rainforest Alliance and Fairtrade certified co-ops and sourcing information for major chocolate companies

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Interactive Map Sets New Standard for Cocoa Transparency and Accountability


The Cocoa Accountability Map seeks to spark a revolution in traceability and transparency in the Ivorian cocoa industry, in the hopes that this trend of openness will spread throughout the country – the world’s top cocoa producer – and then to Ghana and beyond.

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Mighty Earth’s Etelle Higonnet Named to France’s National Order of Merit


French President Emmanuel Macron has named Mighty Earth's Etelle Higonnet a Chevalier of France’s Ordre national du Mérite

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Tax Giveaways to Dirty Biodiesel Will Accelerate Climate Change


A $15 billion mistake that will worsen the twin crises of climate change and mass extinction

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New Investigation: Sumitomo Corporation’s Dirty Energy Investments Highlight Japan’s Failure to Act on Climate


As the international community gathers in Madrid to discuss next steps in the fight against global climate change, a new report is exposing how Japan’s policies are empowering a major corporation that embraces and invests in dirty energy sources like coal and biomass.

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Despite laudable goals, CFI must improve


Since November 2017, the chocolate industry has embraced the goal of ending deforestation in cocoa. Coordinated largely through the Cocoa and Forests Initiative (CFI), there has been an unmistakable trend towards ending deforestation, joint industry action, traceability, transparency, agroforestry, as well as other sustainable agricultural practices.

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Petition: Tell Sumitomo Corporation to Be a Climate Leader


Sign the petition today and tell Sumitomo to end forest destruction and make the transition to clean renewable energy sources.

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Cargill’s Uninspiring Climate Commitment


Successful implementation is a less likely outcome than another pained acknowledgement that they will fail to meet the goal

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Mighty Earth, ArcelorMittal, Lendlease, Daimler, HSBC & Others Launch ResponsibleSteel™, The World’s First Sustainability Standard For The Steel Industry


ResponsibleSteel's Executive Director calls Mighty Earth "critical" in development of new standard

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Global Finance Leader HSBC Calls for Carbon-Neutral Steel


Steel is currently the largest source of industrial carbon emissions.

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Groundbreaking Resolution Calling on NYC to Divest from Deforestation


Last week, City Council Members Costa Constantinides and Justin Brannan, in partnership with Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, introduced a new resolution to City Council that calls on corporate and government entities operating in the City of New York to divest from agricultural industries that benefit form deforestation and the acceleration of global warming.

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Breakthrough Embodied Carbon Tool for Construction Only A First Step Toward Market Transformation


We are going to need all kinds of technical solutions -- like EC3 -- to reduce embodied carbon from construction.

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House Legislation Would Extend Corporate Giveaways for Forest-Destroying Bioenergy


Solving the climate crisis requires the leadership to not only advance solutions but to also reject false ones

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Guest Blog: Protesting Cargill in the Cold


Yesterday, protesters gathered outside an event where Cargill CEO David MacLennan was speaking. One of those protesters has contributed a guest blog post about the experience:

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New Investment By Largest Steel Producer in U.S. Proves Clean Energy Can Power Heavy Industry


Switching to clean electricity is good for business, good for the climate, and good for clean energy jobs.

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To Address Deforestation in Brazil, Mighty Earth Convenes Meeting Between Indigenous Leaders and Consumer Goods Forum


The same economic forces that drive destruction of the Amazon and Cerrado also trample on the rights and the lives of the Indigenous peoples who live there

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Multi-Stakeholder Workshop Lays Groundwork for Growth of Sustainable Rubber


Mighty Earth and our allies hosted a workshop in Thailand which brought together 100 rubber farmers, traders, processors, NGOs, government representatives, and consumer brands that use rubber—like Goodyear tires and Converse shoes—to discuss one thing: sustainable natural rubber.

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Investigation Finds Papua’s Largest Palm Oil Operator Destroyed Vast Areas of Endangered Rainforest, Cheated and Abused Indigenous People


FSC report shows Korindo Group destroyed over 30,000 hectares of rainforest in the past 5 years while systematically manipulating and underpaying indigenous landowners

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NYC Activists call on Cargill to Stop the Amazon Fires & Embrace Regenerative Agriculture


Brands can continue sourcing from Cargill, or they can maintain a reputation as environmental leaders -- but they can't do both.

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Global Architecture Community Sets Ambitious New Target: Zero Emissions by 2040


The global architecture community is coming together to embrace an exciting vision

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Stop the Attack on Public Lands – Statement of Principles


We oppose the opening of protected or previously protected federal public lands and waters to development.

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New Coalition to Protect Public Lands from Trump Administration’s Giveaways to Industry


After 150 million acres lose protections under Trump, more than a dozen groups join forces to pressure companies that conduct or fund extraction to stay out of previously protected areas.

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To Save the Climate, Grocery Stores Must Stop Stocking Deforestation


We don't have the luxury of trusting corporate pledges anymore. It's time for real, concrete action. Not one year from now, not 10 years from now. Right now.

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World Green Building Council Sounds the Alarm on Embodied Carbon


Without urgent action immediately, embodied carbon will be responsible for at least half of total new construction emissions between now and 2050. There is no time to lose.

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Deforestation Continues Because Companies Aren’t Trying


Nobody doing business with Cargill and JBS can credibly say they are concerned about deforestation

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The Endangered Tapanuli Orangutan Loses an Ally


Statement on recent MoU between NSHE and PanEco in the name of Tapanuli Orangutan

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Korindo Threatens Legal Action to Bury the Truth


Palm oil and timber conglomerate sends Forest Stewardship Council a cease and desist letter the day it was scheduled to release findings from two-year investigation into the company's wrongdoing

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Global Day of Action for the Amazon


On September 5, activists across the world joined the Global Day of Action for the Amazon to hold governments and companies that stand to profit from the fires in the Amazon accountable for their role in this environmental destruction.

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International Day of Action for the Amazon: Global Community Sets Stage for Climate Week


Concerned citizens across six continents – from Hong Kong to Washington and Paris to Pretoria – will take action for the Amazon by protesting the ongoing fires and deforestation.

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Companies Support Higher Cocoa Prices for Farmers


Mighty Earth collected statements from industry with varying level of support for the much-needed price increase for cocoa to protect farmers. While we do not in any way endorse these statements, they serve to debunk the notion that industry will not support a price increase.

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The Companies Behind the Burning of the Amazon


New analysis from Mighty Earth shows the incentives for the Amazon's destruction come from international agribusinesses like JBS and Cargill.

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Mighty Earth and NGO’s urge the EU to end complicity in the Amazon Fires


Mighty Earth joined today a host of other civil society organizations, pleading the EU to step up to the plate and address its own complicity in current Amazon fires & deforestation crisis.

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Looking at Opportunities for Sustainability in Rubber


Join us for a multi-stakeholder dialogue near some of the most interesting sustainable rubber farming innovation in Hat Yai, Thailand.

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340+ organisations call on the EU to immediately halt trade negotiations with Brazil


In an open letter, over 340 civil society organisations are demanding that the European Union immediately halt free trade agreement negotiations with the Mercosur bloc (Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay) on the grounds of deteriorating human rights and environmental conditions in Brazil.

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Mighty Earth responds to the Fires in the Amazon


As the Amazon continues to burn at a record rate, Mighty Earth CEO Glenn Hurowitz has released a statement.

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International Orangutan Day: Meet the Most Endangered Great Ape


This International Orangutan Day, join Mighty Earth in our fight to protect the Tapanuli orangutan and sign the petition to Indonesian President Joko Widodo.

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A Dialogue With Halcyon — Encouraging Change in the Rubber Industry


Mighty Earth decided to investigate the supply chain of the world’s biggest rubber supplier, Halcyon -- which controls 12 percent of the planet’s rubber. Positive change from this company could be key to transforming the broader industry.

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The new green bond may address one-third of deforestation in the Brazilian Cerrado


Deforestation in Brazil reached a record high in May of this year, and it’s possible that 2019 will be one of the worst years for deforestation within the country.

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New Report: Steel Industry Vulnerable, Must Prepare for Decarbonization


Top 20 companies are not on pace to hit critical emissions reductions needed for 1.5-degree threshold

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As Massive Dead Zone Blooms in Gulf, Hold Industrial Farming Companies Responsible


NOAA announced that scientists have determined that this year's Gulf of Mexico “dead zone” is 6,952 square miles, nearly the size of New Jersey.

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Mighty Earth responds to deforestation spike in the Amazon


New government data shows that 1,345 sq km of the Brazilian Amazon have been cleared in the month of July alone, an area greater than the city of Los Angeles. In response to this announcement, Mighty Earth CEO Glenn Hurowitz released a statement.

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Judge Cargill on Implementation, Not Commitments


At this point, it’s irresponsible to take Cargill at their word. Cargill should be judged on implementation, not commitments.

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Two-Year Investigation Finds Major Palm Oil Producer Korindo Guilty of Rainforest Destruction and Human Rights Abuses


Forest Stewardship Council concludes that Korindo violated its standards, mandates
improvement and remediation measures to avoid disassociation

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Rethinking Biodiesel Subsidies


Congressional staffers had the opportunity to hear from experts about the climate, taxpayer, and food ramifications of biofuels and the biodiesel tax credit extension bill (H.R. Bill 3301) currently moving through Congress.

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Standing up for forests and farmers


Mighty Earth applauds the government of Cote d’Ivoire for seeking to better protect its forests today, and for its willingness to move towards a greener future, putting behind the bitter past of losing 85% of its forests since 1990.

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Cargill Named “Worst Company in the World”


New report documents US-based agribusiness giant's "ineptitude and incoherence at a grand scale."

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Infographic: The Hidden Cost of Rubber


Rubber is everywhere around us: in the tires on your car or bike, in your shoes, in sporting goods, and much more. But did you know the rubber in your everyday products is likely causing massive environmental devastation?

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Field Dispatch: Activists Meet with Congressional Staffers on Dirty Biodiesel


Following Mighty Earth’s Forests + Food ≠ Fuel event at SouthFace in May, event attendees and volunteers wanted to do more than just raise awareness on biofuels—they wanted to act!

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Cargill Announce Support for Deforestation, Defying Customers


"Cargill continues to prioritize the deforesters in its supply chain over the climate or their customers' sustainability demands."

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Biodiesel Tax Credit Advances Despite Major Environmental and Climate Concerns


Food-based biofuels fail to address climate crisis and contribute to environmental destruction in the U.S. and around the world

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Meet “Chocopec” – Can a new minimum price give cocoa farmers a living income?


For too long, cocoa cultivation has been synonymous with extreme poverty.

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L’un des principaux importateurs de soja en France renonce à lutter contre la déforestation importée


Les entreprises françaises qui utilisent du soja commercialisé par Cargill dans leur chaîne d’approvisionnement devront en tirer les conséquences.

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Mighty Earth to Help Set Environmental, Climate Standards for Steel


Environmental organization joins ResponsibleSteel, which will set standards and certification plans for industry by 2020

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New Soy Action Plan Shows Cargill is Fiddling While South America Burns


In response to Cargill’s announcement of a new Soy Action Plan, Mighty Earth CEO Glenn Hurowitz released a statement.

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Largest Steelmaker in the World Sets Carbon Neutrality Goal for Europe


The largest steelmaker in the world, ArcelorMittal, which is responsible for approximately 0.7 percent of all global carbon emissions, has set a goal of achieving carbon-neutral operations in Europe by 2050.

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Meat Company Pollution to Blame for New, Near-Record “Dead Zone” Forecast


On the heels of the official NOAA forecast that predicts a near-record size “dead zone” in the Gulf of Mexico this summer, environmental campaign organization Mighty Earth is laying the blame at the feet of America’s biggest meat companies.

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Activists Tell Congress: Stop Supporting Dirty Biofuels


Last week, more than 80 concerned citizens gathered in Atlanta to join Mighty Earth, Dogwood Alliance, and more than 20 co-hosting organizations to mobilize against dirty bioenergy. The event, Forests + Food ≠ Fuel, featured a screening of the documentary Burned, an audience discussion on the environmental impact of burning food-based biofuels, and a call-to-action for Congress to oppose dirty biofuels.

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Analysis: Spring Floods Exacerbate Raw Sewage from Factory Farms Washing into Gulf of Mexico


Following the unprecedented climate-fueled flooding sweeping the Midwest this spring, Mighty Earth calculated approximately how much pollution was washing off industrial factory farms into American waterways, which companies are dumping the most, and where these companies are located relative to flood-prone regions of the country.

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Former Congressman Waxman: New GAO Report Shows Biofuels “Not a Serious Solution to Climate Change”


A new report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office has found that the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) has failed to meet its economic or environmental goals. In response, former Congressman Henry Waxman, now chairman of Mighty Earth has released a statement

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Major Rogue Player in Southeast Asia’s Palm Oil Industry Announces Zero Deforestation Policy


Today, BLD Plantation Bhd, a major palm oil producer and refiner operating in Sarawak, Malaysia, announced a Sustainability Policy committing to “No Deforestation, No Development on Peat, and No Exploitation” (NDPE)

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Time for the European Union to act to address deforestation and child labour in the cocoa sector


Following the release of highly concerning data from the Global Forest Watch, we—the undersigned organisations working in the fields of environment, human rights, and agriculture—urge you to take action to address deforestation and child labour in the cocoa sector.

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Resistance to Destructive Palm Oil Grows in South Korea


A recent report has exposed the harmful practices of major Korean conglomerates linked to the palm oil industry in Indonesia, leading to public outcry and consequences for some of the companies involved.

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Cement is leading on climate and steel is falling behind


As the heavy industry sector makes progress on emissions, steel is a notable laggard

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New Dutch Law Combats Child Labor, Highlights Need for EU-Wide Standards on Cocoa


We are pleased to share excellent news from the Netherlands, where the Dutch Senate has approved a law that will combat the scourge of child labor by holding companies accountable for labor practices throughout their supply chains.

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Mighty Earth Calls on Private Sector to Address Devastating Climate Impacts


"Just because government isn’t doing its job doesn’t mean the job doesn’t have to be done."

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Skanska UK Pledges Zero Emissions by 2045, Leads Construction Industry in Climate Commitments


This pledge from Skanska UK demonstrates that there are clear pathways to achieving zero emissions in the construction sector and, by proxy, in the heavy industrial sector

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FSC Allowing Groups Engaged in Deforestation to Continue Profiting from its Eco-friendly Forestry Label


After a two-year investigation process, Mighty Earth calls for action on stalled Korindo scandal and files new complaint against KTS Group

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Human activity threatens the survival of a million species – what can one person do?


It can be tempting to ignore the news entirely – studies have shown that people will stop paying attention to stories of misery and suffering when situations seem hopeless. But we cannot afford to tune out now.

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Is Nucor falling behind on decarbonization trend in steel industry?


Today during Nucor Corporation's (NUE) annual meeting of stockholders, investors and media are likely to hear highlights of the "record year" that the company had in 2018: record earnings, high performing stock price, leadership in key markets, and new facilities.

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Resistance Grows to US$ 1.6b Dam That Threatens New Orangutan Species and Communities


Fact-finding mission discovers growing local opposition to dam construction

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Industry Groups Still Misleading Public on Biofuels


The full carbon footprint of biodiesel is as bad or worse than that of dirty fossil fuels.

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Despite Shareholder Concerns, Pilgrim’s Pride Turns a Blind Eye to Water Pollution … Again


Facing a third consecutive shareholder proposal aimed at mitigating water pollution, the largest poultry producer in America declines to improve on sustainability.

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Here’s what deforestation looks like in 2019 – and what we can do about it


WRI’s data has helped drive home the immense scale of deforestation. But despite the size of the problem, there are clear successes in the works and much more to accomplish. The data published in this year’s report will help inform our future efforts and provides valuable insight as the fig

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World’s Largest Cement Company Embraces Clean Energy


Announcement indicates growing momentum in the fight to decarbonize heavy industry. For the second time in this month, a top-heavy industrial company announced a major clean energy contract for one of their facilities. 

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Mighty Earth’s Guide to Sustainable Fisheries in 2019


Last year, Mighty Earth, our allies, and environmental activists across the country successfully stopped a legislative effort to eviscerate the laws that have kept our oceans healthy. And it was a close call. Fortunately, we were able to protect the law that has successfully restored 45 fish stocks to healthy levels: the Magnuson-Stevens Act!

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Earth Day – Reflecting on environmental reforms in the cocoa industry in the past year


Earth Day is a time for us to reflect on the past year and look to the future. Today, Senior Advisor Etelle Higonnet shares news and updates from Mighty Earth’s campaign to make the chocolate industry sustainable.

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Mighty Earth Publishes 2019 Easter Buyer’s Guide for Environmental Chocolate


In advance of the Easter holiday, advocacy organization Mighty Earth released today, an environmental buyers’ guide for sustainable chocolate. The guide assesses 57 chocolate companies’ environmental policies and practices to provide consumers with an easy reference when buying chocolate for friends and family.

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New Announcements Show Progress Toward Sustainable Steel


Two exciting and unprecedented climate announcements were made by the world's largest steel company this week, ArcelorMittal.

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Dozens of Iowa-Based Groups and More than 91,000 People Ask Presidential Candidates to Reject Failed Biofuels Policy


Through both in-person and digital deliveries, all of the 2020 presidential candidates are hearing from more than 50 Iowa-based groups and leaders and more than 91,000 people concerned about the damage that our nation’s biofuels addiction is causing the environment.

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Hey Mandarin! We’re not a fan–save the orangutan


This chant rang out in NYC and London, as demonstrators converged on Mandarin Oriental Hotel to call for an end to their complicity in the destruction of orangutan habitat. Mandarin is owned by parent company Jardine Matheson, whose corporate activities threaten to wipe out the world’s last remaining population of Tapanuli orangutans.

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Soja et déforestation : interpellation des entreprises françaises de la grande distribution


Deux ans après l’entrée en vigueur de la loi sur le devoir de vigilance des sociétés mères et entreprises donneuses d’ordre du 27 mars 2017, les associations Mighty Earth, France Nature Environnement et Sherpa publient un rapport commun analysant les pratiques en matière de vigilance et de diligence raisonnable d’une vingtaine d’entreprises françaises du secteur agroalimentaire et de la grande distribution.

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Launch of New Global Platform Sets Stage for Rubber Industry to Address Environmental Damage


Mighty Earth joins Global Platform for Sustainable Natural Rubber as Founding Member.

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Mandarin Oriental Hotel: Save the Tapanuli Orangutan


Mighty Earth is joining the Ape Alliance and other allies in a dramatic protest against Jardine Matheson -- owner of the internationally acclaimed, 5-star Mandarin Oriental Hotels to draw attention to the precarious state of the Tapanuli orangutan, an endangered ape threatened by industrial development.

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Victory: Largest Cocoa Company in Ghana Joins Push for Sustainability


As a result of advocacy by Mighty Earth and the hard work of others including the World Cocoa Foundation, the biggest cocoa company in Ghana, PBC Limited, has joined the Cocoa Forest Initiative to end deforestation and restore forest areas.

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Rapid Response Monitoring System Webinar


Following the public launch of Mighty Earth’s Rapid Response Monitoring System, Mighty Earth hosted a webinar detailing how the new system works and our long-term plans for the project. The webinar was presented by Glenn Hurowitz, CEO, Mighty Earth; Deborah Lapidus, Southeast Asia Director, Mighty Earth; and Leo Bottrill, Founder & CEO, Maphubs.

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Springing into Action on Rubber


As the World Rubber Summit kicks off in Singapore, we explain why Mighty Earth has become a Founding Member of the new Global Platform on Sustainable Natural Rubber (GPSNR).

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Bank of China to Reevaluate Dam Project That Threatens Endangered Orangutan with Extinction


The Batang Toru dam would permanently disrupt the habitat of the Tapanuli orangutan and would contribute to the first extinction of a great ape – our closest cousins in the animal kingdom – in all our recorded history.

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Proyek Plta PT Nshe di Tapanuli Dibiayai dan Dimiliki Oleh Tiongkok


The coalition to protect the Tapanuli orangutan has only been driven by foreigners. The group, which is the state-owned Sinohydro Company, is the building company of the dam. Those promoting the construction of a falling back on the familiar patter of blaming outsiders for destruction happenings in their own countries. But the science is clear: if the dam is built, the Tapanuli orangutan will go extinct.

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New study reveals severe health impacts of Indonesia’s haze crisis on babies


New science revealed this week that the toxic haze from Indonesia’s 1997 raging forest fires, which spread across 42,500 square miles (bigger than the state of Tennessee), had a direct and irreversible impact on babies.

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Biofuels Boondoggle: RFS Responsible for Massive Habitat Loss, Annual Climate Emissions Equal to 7 Coal Power Plants


New data released today by the National Wildlife Foundation shows that the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) has led to increased climate emissions as well as dramatic, unsustainable habitat loss in Iowa and throughout the United States.

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Indonesian Coalition Urges Government to Save Tapanuli Orangutan, Protect “Wonderful Indonesia”


The stage is set for a crucial showdown in a long-running battle to save a newly discovered rare species of orangutan from possible extinction at the hands of a planned US$ 1.6 billion hydroelectric dam project.

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World’s major chocolate companies make landmark call for EU to regulate cocoa sector


As a member of The VOICE Network, Mighty Earth is thrilled to join VOICE, Rainforest Alliance, Fairtrade, and the world’s largest chocolate companies in calling on the European Union to strengthen their requirements for environmental protections and human rights safeguards in the cocoa trade.

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Whole Foods CEO John Mackey Stumbles on Sustainability


“It’s an impossible request…if we tried to do it we would ruin our business and go bankrupt.” That’s what Whole Foods CEO James Mackey said when asked how his company can address sustainability standards throughout its supply chain.

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Mighty Earth Responds to Cargill’s Announcement of Revisions to Forests, Soy, and Human Rights Policies


"We are hopeful that we will be able to soon praise Cargill not just for promises, but for action."

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Mighty Earth Announces “Rapid Response” System to Monitor Deforestation Linked to Agricultural Supply Chains


Mighty Earth publicly launched its Rapid Response monitoring system aimed at eliminating deforestation linked to the palm oil, soy, rubber, cocoa, paper, and cattle industries.

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Shareholders Push Tyson on Water Pollution


Tyson’s track record as one of the nation’s top water polluters is once again coming under fire from shareholders at the company’s annual meeting this year.

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Germany Calls for EU Regulations to Address Deforestation and Child Labour in Cocoa Industry


In groundbreaking news for the chocolate industry, Germany has called for European-wide “binding regulations” to address deforestation and child labour in the cocoa industry.

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Iowa activists urge presidential candidates to reject food-based biofuels


Today, environmental advocacy organization Mighty Earth launched a new effort to urge the 2020 presidential candidates and political leaders to reject food-based biofuels as a viable solution to climate change.

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Global Investors Push Fast Food Giants to Cut Meat’s Environmental Impact


A coalition of more than 80 global investors representing more than $6.5 trillion has sent letters to six of the world’s largest fast food companies urging action to reduce environmental devastation caused by their meat.

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China’s Largest Food Trader Announces Support for Ending Deforestation in South America, Putting Pressure on US-Based Cargill


COFCO, China’s state-owned food processing company and the country’s largest food trader, has announced support for an extension of the Amazonian Soy Moratorium to the other forest and savannah regions of South America and new efforts to address deforestation in commodity supply chains.

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Mighty Earth responds to Tyson Announcement of Partnership to Implement Sustainable Feed Sourcing Commitment


Nine months after announcing its commitment to improve sustainability practices for 2 million acres of its animal feed, Tyson has released details on how it will begin implementing this goal.

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New Report: Corporate Promises Failing to Stop Cocoa-Driven Deforestation


Despite the chocolate industry’s pledge to cease sourcing cocoa linked to deforestation one year ago, a new Mighty Earth report finds that deforestation in West Africa for cocoa has continued, and in some cases has increased.

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Thousands of Customers & Community Leaders Urge Whole Foods to Set Environmental Standards for Meat


Mighty Earth, a global environmental non-profit, delivered over 160,000 petitions to Whole Foods managers today in Austin TX; Chicago, IL; Fayetteville, AR; and Minneapolis, MN.

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Webinar: How Companies Can Clean Up Their Meat Supply Chains


A discussion on environmental degradation caused by meat production across the United States, the key stakeholders impacted, and the solutions companies need to adopt to reduce the most urgent environmental and public health consequences of this supply chain.

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Belgium joins France in calling for an EU due diligence cocoa law


For the first time, Belgium has called on the European Commission to regulate the cocoa supply chain, including through a “due diligence cocoa law”. France made the same call, last month.

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Organizers Deliver Thousands of Petitions to Yamaha headquarters


Last week, Mighty Earth organizers delivered over 3000 petitions to Yamaha headquarters locations. Thousands of activists are calling on Yamaha  to stop supporting policies that threaten oceans and the delicate marine ecosystems that sustain so much of the planet’s life.

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Cocoa Countdown to Christmas


Join us this month to fight for chocolate that's good for people and the planet, with a different action each day on our Advent Calendar.

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Not-So-Green Buildings: New Report Uncovers Construction Industry’s Dirty Secret


Today, at the largest conference in the U.S. dedicated to green building, Mighty Earth released a new report exposing the enormous carbon footprint of steel used in green construction. The global steel industry emits 2.3 gigatons of carbon dioxide each year – equivalent to the emissions from 569 coal plants

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New Investigation Links One of Germany’s Largest Poultry Producers to Forest Destruction in Latin America


Today, a new report released by Mighty Earth and Robin Wood revealed strong evidence that Rothkötter, one of Germany’s largest poultry producers, is buying soy from two companies – Cargill and Bunge – driving illegal forest destruction in Latin America.

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World’s Largest Tire Manufacturers Roll Backwards on Sustainability


Today, the World Business Council for Sustainable Development’s (WBCSD) Tire Industry Project (TIP) launch its long-awaited Global Platform for Sustainable Natural Rubber (GPSNR) – but sustainability advocates claim it prohibits key stakeholders like non-governmental and civil society organizations or small scale farmers from having a seat at the table.

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Continental and Yokohama Jump on the Almost-Sustainable Rubber Bandwagon


One week before the launch of a new Global Platform on Sustainable Natural Rubber hatched by tire companies and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), two big players, Continental and Yokohama, have released their own sustainable rubber purchasing policies

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Michelin’s Greenwashing Must End. It’s Time for Sustainable Rubber Production.


Rubber harvesting is causing devastation on a massive scale. And as one of the largest tire brands in the world, Michelin should be leading the charge to drive greener practices in the industry. But where the rubber hits the road, Michelin is falling short.

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Governments failing to tackle meat over-consumption to meet climate targets


A new report from the Changing Markets Foundation and Mighty Earth reveals that there is a complete lack of public policies in place to ensure the food sector is part of the solution to climate change.

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It’s time to #FishYamahaOut: TAKE ACTION TODAY


Across the country, people are rising up to call on Yamaha to stop driving overfishing. Sign our petition to protect our oceans today!

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In a hot world, companies may be the last, best hope


Companies like Cargill have to get serious and jettison their absurd 2030 deadline for ending deforestation, and industries like steel, cement, oil, and chemicals must get started today on the shift to 100% clean energy and carbon neutrality.

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McWholeFoods … We’re Not Loving It #CleanUpMeat


We need McDonald’s and Whole Foods to act because their biggest suppliers, Cargill and Tyson, are destroying wild forests and contaminating our water.

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Clean energy advocates gather in Charlotte, NC for launch of Stainless: The 100% Clean Energy Steel Campaign


Earlier this week, more than 30 people gathered at Birdsong Brewing in Charlotte, NC for the launch of Stainless: The 100% Clean Energy Steel Campaign.

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Steel Industry Found to Cause As Much Pollution as 569 Coal Power Plants


Today, a first of its kind new report analyzing the opportunities for the steel sector to take climate action. The report shows that no company is better positioned to radically change the steel sector than North Carolina’s Nucor Corporation (NUE)

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To-Do List for New Tyson CEO: Fulfill Sustainability Commitments


Stepping in as the new CEO of one of the world’s largest meat companies, Noel White will be faced with executing on Tyson’s widely applauded vision to become ‘the most sustainable protein company in the world.

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Mighty Earth Field Organizers Target Yamaha in their Backyard


This month, Mighty Earth deployed three organizers to protect our oceans and fisheries from meddling by special interest groups like Yamaha.

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Korindo Group guilty but still not charged: FSC Board delays complaint verdict until next year


The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) has notified Mighty Earth that its International Board of Directors has delayed until March 2019 a decision on whether the organization will disassociate from the Korindo Group.

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Largest Set of Environmental Groups Ever Ask the EPA for Food-Based Biofuel Volume Reductions


Mighty Earth is proud to join nearly 20 organizations from around the world in asking the EPA to ensure that biofuel mandates are set at levels that don’t drive the destruction of native habitats.

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Local residents gather to send Tyson Foods a message: “Don’t Tread on Tennessee”


Around 80 residents of Haywood County gathered at a town hall meeting this month to send a clear message to Tyson Foods: “Don’t Tread on Tennessee.”

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Flunking the Planet: America’s Leading Food Companies Fail on Sustainable Meat


New report shows that Whole Foods, McDonald’s, Sodexo and other leading brands lack environmental standards for meat production, driving massive water pollution and climate emissions.

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Over 60 NGOs call for stronger reforms to the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) standards


Mighty Earth together with over 60 other NGOs, signed an open letter to members of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) and consumer goods companies regarding the planned revisions to the RSPO Principles & Criteria.

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The Environmental and Climate Case for RFS Reform – Congressional Briefing


You’re Invited! The Environmental and Climate Case for RFS Reform – Congressional Briefing presented by the Safe Climate Caucus

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Colombia Becomes First Country in Latin America to Commit to Deforestation-Free Chocolate


Mighty Earth applauds Colombia’s decision, announced today, to join the Cocoa and Forests Initiative, a global effort to ensure deforestation-free cocoa.

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EU legislation must end child labour and deforestation in the cocoa supply chain


A group of civil society organisations are calling on the EU to pass legislation to end severe human rights violations and environmental destruction in cocoa supply chains.

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EU takes major steps toward making biofuels more sustainable. However, continued support for biomass energy is critical flaw.


All eyes were on Europe this month, as the European Union released its much anticipated, long-negotiated rewrite of renewable energy policy.

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Breaking: Soy Giant Louis Dreyfus Announces Zero Deforestation Policy, Throwing Down Gauntlet to Competitors


Today, Louis Dreyfus Company, one of the world’s Big 4 commodity traders, became the first large soy company to announce a specific, credible, detailed policy to eliminate destruction of native ecosystems and endangered wildlife from its soy supply chain.

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Major EPA report confirms that biofuels drive land conversion, hurt biodiversity


A major report, just issued by the EPA, includes a sweeping condemnation of U.S. biofuel policy.

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“This is Biofuel” Advertising Campaign Highlights Damaging Environmental Impacts of U.S. Biofuel Mandates


Mighty Earth, ActionAid USA, Clean Air Task Force and Sierra Club announced the launch of an advertising campaign publicizing the environmental destruction caused by U.S. policies that mandate biofuel production.

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ABP, World’s Fifth Largest Pension Fund, Divests from Forest Destroyer, But Retains Stake in Parent Company


The world’s fifth largest pension fund – the Dutch national pension fund ABP – has announced that it is divesting €300,000 from a Korean company, Posco Daewoo, which has destroyed 66,718 acres of pristine rainforests in Papua, Indonesia for palm oil plantations.

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Dutch pension fund exposed on national TV for financing Posco Daewoo’s rainforest destruction


On May 5th, the national TV station in the Netherlands, Kassa, ran a 16-minute segment exposing the Dutch Pension Fund's financing of Posco Daewoo

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Breaking: Cargill and Bunge Fined for Destroying Protected Natural Areas


The Brazilian government’s IBAMA environmental enforcement agency announced this week that it has caught red handed five soy traders and dozens of commercial farmers purchasing soy connected to the destruction of protected natural areas.

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Whole Foods refuses to accept petitions over pollution by meat suppliers


A coalition of farmers, doctors and environmental leaders were shocked when Whole Foods management refused to accept delivery of 95,000 petition signatures tasking the company to hold its corporate meat suppliers accountable for the widespread water contamination caused by their irresponsible farming and waste management practices.

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Biofuels Burning

Trudeau’s flawed biofuels plan repeats U.S. mistakes, undermines climate goals


Earlier this year, Mighty Earth chairman Henry Waxman, the former Congressman and environmental champion from California, wrote to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau with a warning: tread carefully with biofuels policy.

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A Fork in the Road for the Rubber Industry? 


By the shores of Lake Geneva, a modern office building houses a little-known organization that could play a huge part in the fate of the world’s tropical forests.  

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Tire Monster Tour Launches in Goodyear’s Home State of Ohio 


On the heels of Goodyear Tire’s announcement of a natural rubber procurement policy that experts are concerned is not strong enough to hold suppliers accountable, Mighty Earth unveils the Tire Monster — a ten-foot tall, 500-pound sculpture made of discarded tires.

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Pruitt declares biomass carbon neutral in major hit to climate


Scott Pruitt today declared the burning of trees for energy as carbon neutral.

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Goodyear’s New Deforestation-Free Rubber Policy Falls Short


With the recent release of Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company’s new Natural Rubber Procurement Policy, experts express concern that this policy may not be strong enough to hold the world’s third-largest tire company’s current suppliers accountable.

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The Tire Monster


Coming soon to America, there will be a tire monster roaming the streets, and he’s livid about deforestation for rubber.

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Fishy Culprits Threaten Our Oceans


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.

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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.

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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. 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.

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How to Buy Chocolate for Easter Without Killing Sloths


It’s Easter. The holiday season is chock-full of scenes of celebration: bunnies, decorations, and eggs. And chocolate. Lots of chocolate. The week surrounding Easter has the highest consumption of chocolate in the year.  

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New Investigation Finds Vast Deforestation, Fires, Public Health Impacts Driven By European Meat Industry


A new investigation by Mighty Earth, Rainforest Foundation Norway, and Fern reveals large-scale deforestation, fires, and human rights abuses in Argentina and Paraguay’s Gran Chaco connected to the global meat industry.

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Sloth in Rain Forest

King of Deforestation


Burger King is serving hamburgers raised on soy from deforestation. Their burgers are putting the habitat of animals like sloths and jaguars at risk. Tell Burger King to protect the sloth and grow food without threatening Nature.

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Mighty Earth Champions New Legislation to Reform Broken Biofuel Policy


The new bill seeks to end mandates for biofuels linked to deforestation and climate change pollution and extend support for truly sustainable biofuels. The legislation boosts efforts in Congress to reform the Renewable Fuel Standard in ways that benefit the environment.

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Korindo Group Still Destroying Pristine Rainforest in Papua


While the Korindo Group has enacted a temporary moratorium on new deforestation on its oil palm plantations, it has been quietly but steadily destroying areas of pristine rainforest in one of its logging concessions in Papua, PT Inocin Abadi (PT IA).

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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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Your Cocoa, Kissed By Deforestation


New research shows that cocoa is driving ongoing deforestation in other regions of the world, from Asia to the Amazon. Mighty Earth undertook mapping of cocoa-producing regions in four countries outside of West Africa and found a high risk of deforestation in various cocoa-producing areas.

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Controversy Erupts at Tyson Shareholder Meeting


Frustrated shareholders submitted a resolution at Tyson Foods’ annual meeting pushing Tyson to address the egregious pollution driven by the company’s operations and supply chain.

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Victory! Bridgestone, World’s Largest Tire & Rubber Company, Announces End to Deforestation, Land Grabbing


Bridgestone Tires, the world’s largest tire and rubber company commits to protecting rainforests that are critical habitat for wildlife like gibbons, orangutans, tigers, and elephants, as well as addressing labor and human rights abuses.

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Palm Oil Producer POSCO Daewoo dropped by UK drugstore chain Boots over deforestation, claims to have temporarily suspended forest clearing


The UK’s largest drugstore retailer, Boots, reports that it has ended a retail partnership with POSCO Daewoo, following a letter sent by Mighty Earth to parent company Walgreens Boots Alliance.

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Mighty Earth and Olam Renew Agreement


The World Resources Institute (WRI) moderated a meeting between Mighty Earth and Olam on January 17th 2018, to discuss progress on commitments made by both parties at a similar meeting in January 2017, related to Olam’s plantations in Gabon and its Palm Products trading business.

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Support for Cerrado Manifesto Triples, Momentum Builds for Cargill and Bunge to Agree to End Deforestation for Soy, Meat


61 leading meat, dairy and soy companies and retailers announced today their support for the Cerrado Manifesto, a pledge to eliminate clearance of native vegetation in the Brazilian Cerrado for large-scale agriculture.

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Environmentalists Urge Common-Ground Reform for Biofuels Mandate after Refinery Bankruptcy


Major conservation and environmental groups are calling for a scale-back of biofuel mandates, something that would benefit refiners like Philadelphia Energy Solutions.

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1000 Days


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.

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


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.

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


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.

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


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”.

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Mighty Earth work on chocolate listed as one of the Guardian’s “Things that went right in 2017”


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”.

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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.

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


Today, 50 people gathered outside of Tyson Food’s Global Headquarters to deliver over 63 thousand petitions to the company’s CEO, Tom Hayes calling for adoption of more sustainable practices.

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


Mighty makes major progress towards transforming the chocolate and meat industries.

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


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.

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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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UPDATE: UNESCO urges Poland to stop logging the ancient Białowieża forest


UNESCO “strongly urges (Poland) to immediately halt all logging and wood extraction in old-growth forests,” stated the World Heritage Committee in Kraków last week.

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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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Mighty Earth stands in solidarity with the historic fight to save the primeval Białowieża Forest


Between January and May 2017 over 30,000 trees have been cut down in the UNESCO World Heritage Site, one of Europe’s largest remaining old-growth forests, by the Polish Government’s State-owned logging company

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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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Flash Mob Infects Pharma Conference with Spirit Of Change


Activists and pharmaceutical executives met on the sidewalk.It was an opportunity to engage directly with pharmaceutical manufacturers on manufacturing pollution, which they have in their power to eliminate.

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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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La crise du chocolat


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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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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Amnesty International Reveals Widespread Human Rights Abuses in Palm Oil Industry


Last week, Amnesty International released a report documenting abuses of palm oil plantation workers in Indonesia. Amnesty shed light on abuses that are still widespread throughout the palm oil industry despite a raft of commitments, certifications, and laws that prohibit these practices.

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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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Tell CVS: Stop Superbug Pollution


Sign the petition to demand CVS rid their supply chain of antibiotic pollution.

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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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Biomass Campaign Heats Up


As a massive Oregon power plant gears up to convert from burning coal to burning trees, a Congressional fight over whether or not forest biomass is carbon neutral is more than just theoretical.

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Campaign for Action on Pharmaceutical Pollution


In partnership with Waxman Strategies, Mighty helped coordinate a series of letters to the Food and Drug Administration and pharmaceutical companies to encourage action on antimicrobial resistance caused by pharmaceutical pollution.

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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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Antibiotic Factories Compounding Superbug Spread


‘Dirty’ factories supply U.S. drug retailers

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Waste From Pharmaceutical Plants in India and China Promotes Antibiotic-Resistant Superbugs


Pharmaceutical pollution of any type can be deadly, threatening habitats and poisoning drinking water. But antibiotic pollution doubles down on the dangers. The release of antibiotics into soil, streams, rivers and lakes creates a perfect storm for antimicrobial resistance to develop and spread.

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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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Harvard/Columbia Haze Report: Bahasa version


Dampak kesehatan masyarakat terhadap kabut asap di Equatorial Asia pada September-Oktober 2015: menampilkan kerangka baru untuk menginformasikan strategi penanggulangan kebakaran untuk mengurangi paparan dari asap yang terbawa angin

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Public Health Leader Responds to Pledged Commitment to Address Superbug-Producing Waste


It is encouraging to see these thirteen companies acknowledge that this is a problem and map out a path to protecting public health and the environment. When it comes to AMR, it’s all or nothing. As long as any source of resistance is allowed to persist, so does the risk to our health.

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Pharmaceutical Companies Exposed as Contributors to Antimicrobial Resistance


Ahead of a United Nations high-level meeting on antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in New York on Wednesday, a coalition of environmental and public health organizations released a critical report connecting major pharmaceutical companies to the development of superbugs.

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Harvard-Columbia study finds that 2015 haze in Indonesia likely caused 100,300 premature deaths


Previously, governments and companies in the region provided repeated claims that that fewer than two dozen deaths were recorded. This study reveals the truth. This research shows that haze kills, it kills across borders, and it kills on a massive scale.

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Bad Medicine


It’s likely that antibiotics sold in the US are products of factories that pollute antibiotics into the atmosphere in China and India. 2015’s Bad Medicine report connects the dots.

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Action on AMR Can’t Wait


The CDC estimates at least 2 million people in the US are infected with a resistant bacteria each year, and 23,000 people die from those infections. This isn’t a crisis to worry about someday—it’s happening now, and without action, the frequency and severity of AMR will only get worse.

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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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Call on Walgreen’s to stop selling blue whale’s food as nutritional supplements


Antarctica is the world’s last great refuge, guaranteed by treaty to be free from commercial exploitation. Unfortunately, this protection didn’t extend to the Southern Ocean that surrounds Antarctica, leaving its immense marine life vulnerable.

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Sloth in Rain Forest

King of Deforestation


Burger King is serving hamburgers raised on soy from deforestation. Their burgers are putting the habitat of animals like sloths and jaguars at risk. Tell Burger King to protect the sloth and grow food without threatening Nature.

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Automakers need to stick with fuel efficiency plan


The U.S. auto industry has met President Barack Obama’s tough fuel economy and carbon pollution standards. But rather than celebrating this triumph of American engineering and using it as a platform to achieve needed new gains, some auto companies want to roll back the next phase of tougher emissions and efficiency standards.

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How the Paris Climate Agreement Supercharges the Clean Air Act


A group of leading law professors who work on climate have published a game-changing new legal analysis. It finds that the Paris climate agreement unlocks a previously unused Clean Air Act provision that enables broad authority to use market-based mechanisms to reduce carbon pollution nationwide.

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A powerful Washington player takes on Walgreens to protect Antarctic krill


Krill populations in Antarctica have dropped by 40 to 80 percent in the past 30 years. It’s not just from overfishing — krill also need sea ice, which is retreating as the climate warms. With fewer krill, two species of penguins are in rapid decline, and Antarctic blue whales have been pushed closer to extinction.

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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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Vacuuming Antarctica for Krill: The Corporations Plundering the Earth’s Last Frontier


SumOfUs report shows how Walgreens, CVS, and other retailers are selling nutritional supplements that put blue whales and penguins at risk. This exploitation is ultimately dependent on a market for krill-based products.

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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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