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

The Guardian | October 5, 2019 

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

From Environmental Leader to ‘Worst Company in the World’

The New York Times | July 29, 2019 

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

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Ethical wood body warns Indonesian palm oil firm over forest clearing

Reuters | July 25, 2019 

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

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

Minneapolis Star Tribune | July 13, 2019 

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

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