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Indonesia is putting business before the environment and that could be disastrous for its rainforests

CNN | October 12, 2020 

Indonesia's rainforests are the world's third largest after the Amazon and Africa's Congo Basin and are ecologically important for their rich biodiversity, with animals including elephants, clouded leopards, sun bears and the critically endangered orangutan. Deforestation is already driving many species toward extinction and environmentalists warn that the law could give them a "strong push towards the edge," said Phelim Kine, senior Asia director at environmental campaign group Mighty Earth.

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Chocolate groups gain ground on bean-to-bar tracing

Financial Times | October 7, 2020 

“If the cocoa industry can achieve full traceability it will be huge,” said Etelle Higonnet, senior campaign director at NGO Mighty Earth, noting that if the chocolate sector could achieve supply chain transparency, there was no excuse for other agricultural commodities not to follow suit. The industry, which pledged to eradicate the problem of child labour decades ago, has long faced criticism over its social and environmental impact in the countries where it is grown.

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Indonesian workers stage protests against new labour laws

Al Jazeera | October 6, 2020

…Critics also said the move reduces environmental protections.  Environmental campaign group Mighty Earth said: “Elements of the new law will worsen deforestation and land rights abuses and reverse recent successes in reducing forest loss.”  “The Indonesian parliament made a ruinous false choice between environmental sustainability and economic growth by effectively legitimising uncontrolled deforestation as an engine for a so-called pro-investment job creation policy,” Phelim Kine, senior campaigns director with Mighty Earth said in a statement sent to Al Jazeera.

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Food companies urge Britain to adopt tougher rules to protect tropical forests

Reuters | October 4, 2020 

The companies want the new British rules to apply to all deforestation - not just in cases where the destruction is illegal. “The proposed legislation would continue to allow rampant deforestation in hotspots such as Indonesia and Brazil,” said Robin Willoughby, UK director of campaign group Mighty Earth.

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French lenders bankroll firms linked to deforestation: analysis

France 24 | February 10, 2020 

French banks have provided almost two billion euros of financial backing to agribusiness groups implicated in deforestation despite a law preventing firms from funding environmental damage, according to new analysis seen by AFP.

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How Ditching the Iowa Caucus Could Remake the Biofuels Debate

The New Republic | February 10, 2020

If politicians no longer coveted that early "Iowa bump," would they still feel compelled to support ethanol subsidies?

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Protesters demonstrate during Tyson’s Shareholders Meeting

4029 News | February 6, 2020

The group ‘Mighty Earth’ held a protest outside the meeting in Springdale.

Dam that threatens orangutan habitat is ‘wholly unnecessary’: Report

Mongabay | January 30, 2020

Proponents of a hydropower plant to be built in the only known habitat of a critically endangered orangutan species say it’s important for meeting the future energy needs of northern Sumatra.

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Ivory Coast: an interactive map follows the deforestation of the cocoa sector

RFI | January 29, 2020 

It is a giant step in the fight against deforestation and for the transparency and traceability of the cocoa sector. The American environmental NGO Mighty Earth has just put on line a very precise map allowing to follow the retreat of the forest, and in particular of the classified forests, and the progress of the cocoa.

Natural rubber platform ‘must address shortcomings’ in 2020

European Rubber Journal | January 23, 2020 

The Global Platform for Sustainable Natural Rubber (GPSNR) needs to address a series of shortcomings if it is to start delivering a truly sustainable value-chain for natural rubber, believes Mighty Earth.

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Africa: End Energy Poverty in Africa to Combat Climate Change

allAfrica | January 8, 2020 

For most Africans, burning charcoal and wood provides the sole source of energy. However, as these fires burn, black carbon and smoke accelerate climate change and are a source of serious health problems and a cause of ongoing forest destruction.

Nestlé ceases to source Brazil soy from Cargill

Feed Navigator | January 8, 2020 

The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) recently reported that the world's largest food and beverage company, Nestlé, has stopped butying Cargill's Brazilian soy because of concerns about the link to deforestation.

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Death by soy in Brazil’s El Cerrado

La Vangaurdia | December 22, 2019 

Investment funds and large brokers have destroyed 40% of the forests on the southwest plateau of the Amazon

Why Asia, and the rest of the world, need low-carbon steel

Eco-Business | December 17, 2019 

If the steel sector were a country, it would be the world’s fifth-biggest emitter after China, the United States, Europe and India. Can developers and car and appliance makers be galvanised to adopt a new standard for responsible steel?

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How the makers of M&M’s tried and failed to make their chocolate green

The Independent | November 16, 2019

‘Anytime someone bites on a chocolate bar in the United States, a tree is being cut down,’ Eric Agnero tells.

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FSC report on palm giant Korindo lists litany of violations

Mongabay | November 11, 2019 

The Forest Stewardship Council has released a batch of heavily redacted reports into its probe of violations by a palm oil company operating in Indonesia, after it was earlier slapped with a cease-and-desist letter.

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The Trouble with Chocolate

The Washington Post | October 29, 2019

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

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

Mongabay | October 28, 2019 

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

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

The New York Times | October 14, 2019 

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

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UK fast food ‘linked to Brazilian forest fires’

BBC | October 9, 2019 

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

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