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Biofuel Mandates Are a Bad Idea Whose Time May Be Up

The Wall Street Journal | Mar. 11, 2018 

The political tide may be turning against the corn ethanol mandate. The Renewable Fuel Standard, which forces oil refiners to mix corn-based fuel into gasoline, is one of history’s great policy boondoggles.

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Dems push revised bill to phase out ethanol mandate

E&E Daily | Mar. 9, 2018 

Congressional critics of the federal renewable fuel standard yesterday proposed revised legislation to phase out corn ethanol mandates, adding a new provision encouraging farmers to convert cornfields back to pasture.

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Democrats call ethanol mandate an environmental ‘flop’

Washington Examiner | Mar. 8, 2018 

“We made a mistake,” said Henry Waxman of California, the former Democratic chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, who drove the passage of the Renewable Fuel Standard, or RFS, in a comprehensive energy bill passed in 2007.

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Valentine’s Day guilty pleasures

The New York Times | Feb. 14, 2018 

The chocolate industry has been a primary driver behind illegal deforestation in Africa’s cacao-growing regions, the environmental advocacy group Mighty Earth said in a report last year.

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Valentine’s secret taboo

Euractiv | Feb. 14, 2018 

The chocolate industry is fuelling misery in West Africa. The European Union – where more chocolate is consumed than anywhere else – must help end it, writes Julia Christian.

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Asia and Latin America cocoa origins also face ‘large-scale’ deforestation: Mighty Earth

Confectionery News | Feb. 14, 2018 

NGO Mighty Earth is calling on chocolate makers to expand deforestation-free commitments after finding widespread forest destruction driven by cocoa in Indonesia, Peru, Ecuador and Cameroon.

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Why Your Valentine’s Day Chocolate Has A Dark Side

Teen Vogue | Feb. 14, 2018 

Cocoa farming reportedly relies on more than 5 million child laborers. In this op-ed, Georgie Badiel, model, activist, author, and former Miss Africa, explains the risk of an unsustainable cocoa industry.

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Bridgestone aims for full sustainability by 2050

Mongabay | Feb. 13, 2018 

Rival tire producers Pirelli and Michelin have also made sustainability commitments recently. Mighty Earth praised Bridgestone’s move but also called on Goodyear and Continental, two other companies that round out the five biggest tire makers in the world, to make their own commitments.

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Valentine’s Day chocolates may not be the greenest way to show your love

The Guardian | Feb. 13, 2018 

A box of chocolates may not be the most environmentally friendly way to show your love this Valentine’s Day, a report published today claims.The cocoa in chocolate products is probably driving deforestation across the globe, according to new research by the environmental campaigning organisation Mighty Earth.

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Mighty Earth ‘Clean It Up, Tyson’ Campaign holds Press Conference in Onancock

Cape Charles Mirror | Feb. 11, 2018 

On Tuesday, the Mighty Earth ‘Clean It Up, Tyson’ Campaign held a Poster-Making Event and Press Conference in Onancock, Virginia. Twenty people came out today to listen to featured speakers and discuss why Tyson Foods should commit to the #CleanItUpTyson goal.

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Bridgestone hits the brakes on deforestation

Eco-Business | Feb. 9, 2018 

US-based environmental group Mighty Earth welcomed this move as progress in the global tire industry, which is a driver of deforestation and uses 70 per cent of the world’s natural rubber each year.

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Enviro group praises Bridgestone’s zero deforestation policy

Tire Business | Feb. 7, 2018 

Mighty Earth, an environmental group devoted to protecting rain forests and other endangered landscapes, is praising Bridgestone Corp. for the zero deforestation portion of its recently announced Global Sustainability Procurement Policy.

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Tyson Foods focus of DC group’s Shore campaign

Delmarvanow | Jan. 26, 2018 

An environmental group kicked off a campaign on Virginia's Eastern Shore targeting poultry processor Tyson Foods Inc. Mighty Earth wants Tyson, America's largest meat company, to adopt sustainable practices in its supply chain.

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Europa droht ein Handelskrieg

Handelsblatt | Jan. 18, 2018 

Das EU-Parlament will umstrittene Palmöl-Importe eindämmen. Doch der Schritt, der die Umwelt schützen soll, sorgt in Malaysia und Indonesien für Empörung. Kleinbauern fürchten um ihre Existenz.

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Turning Soybeans Into Diesel Fuel Is Costing Us Billions

NPR | Jan. 16, 2018 

This year, trucks and other heavy-duty motors in America will burn some 3 billion gallons of diesel fuel that's made primarily from vegetable oil. They're doing it, though, not because it's cheaper or better, but because they're required to, by law.

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Report: US biodiesel fueling deforestation

Axios | Jan. 16, 2018 

The U.S. biofuels mandate is driving destruction of ecologically vital forests in Argentina to make way for soybean fields, despite U.S. policy aimed at preventing imports of biodiesel linked to deforestation, according to a new report out today.

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Tax credit fight idles following trade policy wins

E&E Daily | Jan. 9, 2018 

A push to keep biodiesel importers from receiving a federal tax credit may be losing momentum, thanks to the U.S. biodiesel industry's recent wins on trade policy.

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The Most Overlooked Environmental Crisis of 2017

New Republic | Dec 13, 2017 

Apocalyptic weather dominated the headlines, but meat production also caused severe destruction in 2017. The meat industry’s main problem is its reliance on corn to feed animals. 

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Do you know where the feed for your food comes from?

Dallas News | Dec. 5, 2017

This month, millions of Texans will gather with family and friends for a holiday feast. Many families will take a moment to give thanks for the abundance of food on their tables. But are we growing in our respect and appreciation for that abundance?

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Rare victory for rainforests as nations vow to stop ‘death by chocolate’

The Guardian | Nov. 8 2017

Plans by the governments of Ghana and Ivory Coast drawn up after Guardian investigation revealed links between the cocoa industry and rainforest loss.

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