Palm Oil

3 days ago
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Greenpeace says six of its activists boarded a tanker transporting Indonesian palm oil in the Gulf of Cadiz and were detained by its captain after unfurling “Save our Rainforest” and “Drop Dirty Palm Oil” banners. A ship tracking website shows the Stolt Tenacity, which Greenpeace says is carrying palm oil from […]
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Farwiza Farhan on efforts to protect the forests where orangutan, rhinos, elephants and tigers co-exist.
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5 days ago
Supporters describe new standards as 'transformative', but critics are calling for a complete ban of the crop.
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5 days ago
A British supermarket chain's viral commercial about an orangutan left homeless because of deforestation from palm oil planting was slammed as a cheap publicity stunt by a major industry body on Friday. The Christmas ad -- which features a cartoon orangutan telling a little girl that its jungle home had been destroyed -- has racked up millions of views on social media and sparked the trending hashtag #NoPalmOilChristmas on Twitter. The multi-billion-dollar palm oil industry was not impressed by the Iceland ad, dubbed "Rang-tan", which calls for consumers to be aware of the environmental impact of the world's most widely used vegetable oil.
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6 days ago
Clearcast says supermarket's collaboration with Greenpeace violates BCAP Code but anti-palm oil message itself not at fault
6 days ago
The animated commercial for the food retailer Iceland, featuring a baby orangutan, noted that the palm oil industry contributed to the destruction of rain forests and habitats.
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6 days ago
Your Cadbury chocolate bars, Oreo cookies and Ritz crackers are leaving orangutans on the "brink of extinction", campaigners warn.
 
1 week ago
In a community hall, a group of men sit cross-legged on mats, poring over documents and maps marked with forests, farmland, a river and the ...
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Palm oil has emerged as a major source of controversy after a Christmas advert by supermarket chain Iceland was deemed too political by regulators.
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The banned Iceland Christmas advert stresses the damaging impact that production of palm oil can have on the environment
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In April, Iceland became the first major UK supermarket to ban palm oil from its own products, in light of the severe environmental damage caused by increased global demand for the substance. The issue has been raised in a TV commercial for the supermarket, but the ad has been banned from television in the UK for being too "political" — and people are not happy about it. SEE ALSO: Why we’ll never get rid of TV program guides Clearcast, a body responsible for clearing ads on behalf of the four major UK commercial broadcasters, said the ad was in breach of political advertising rules in the country's broadcasting code. Read more...More about Advertising, Uk, Palm Oil, Culture, and Web Culture
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A popular UK grocery store – Iceland – became the first major supermarket to take palm oil out of all of its own products. The production of palm oil, which is used in everything from cooking oil to snacks and baked goods to cosmetics and shampoos, is contributing to mass deforestation in countries like Malaysia, and is responsible in part for the loss of 25 orangutans per day. The organutans are now classified as critically endangered. But Iceland took their environmental stance a step further and teamed up with Greenpeace to create this Christmas ad, to bring awareness to the issue. But, unfortunately, the ad was banned because Clearcast says "it doesn’t comply with the political rules of the BCAP code." According to The Guardian: Clearcast, the body responsible for vetting ads before they are broadcast to the public, said it was in breach of rules banning political advertising laid down by the 2003 Communications Act. One of the stipulations enshrined in the broadcast code...
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Iceland's Christmas commercial about an orangutan who lost its rainforest habitat due to palm oil growers blocked from broadcast as it was deemed too political.
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4 weeks ago
Eating locally reduces your ecological footprint, but studies show what you eat may be even more important. Humans have been moving food around the world for thousands of years. Toward the end of the second century BC, merchants traveled along the Silk Road, transporting noodles from Xi’an, grapes from Dayuan and nutmeg from the Moluccas Islands to eager buyers along its 4,000-mile network. While it’s possible to trace the evolution of food through that matrix of ancient caravan routes that linked China to the West, it’s hard to measure its environmental impact. It’s likely that, as with any road, wildlife corridors were disrupted. But greenhouse gas emissions were fairly low, consisting of the methane from the belches and farts of the horses, yaks and Bactrian camels, and the fires that humans burned along the way.Fast-forward to the 20th-century US. Modern transportation and the rise of post-World War II suburban life changed the agricultural trade — and the way we at...
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4 weeks ago
How Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soap is healing people and the planet—one label at a time. “You don’t have to fuck people over to survive” are wise words I once heard radical comic book artist Seth Tobocman chant, repeatedly. It’s also the title of one of his books. Those words have stayed with me, and I’m a bit surprised more people don’t echo that sentiment.But one man—and his family business—does.Dr. Bronner’s.You might have seen Dr. Bronner’s soap for sale at your local health food store. The labels are legendary, and plenty of look-alikes have popped up, but only Dr. Bronner’s has the All One! manifesto written in tiny font on the label.This manifesto—principles of uniting humanity—is the reason for the soap. In other words, the soap is used to sell the label, not the other way around.“We view our commerce, Dr. Bronner’s soap company, solely in terms of promoting Dr. Bronner’s vision of a peaceful, united world across religious and ethnic divides,...
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October 14th, 2018
Indigenous forest people of the Indonesian island of Sumatra have been pushed from their land and away from their gods by timber, rubber, paper and palm oil plantations. Many have converted to Islam.
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September 25th, 2018
Greenpeace activists Tuesday scaled storage tanks at an Indonesian palm oil refinery along with a popular rock band which played pro-environment songs, protesting against a commodity found in everything from soap to biscuits. One group of activists also climbed the anchor chain of a tanker transporting palm oil and are preventing it from moving, according to the group. Greenpeace has accused Singapore-listed Wilmar of still being linked to deforestation in Indonesia -- the world's biggest palm oil exporter -- despite committing five years ago to stop logging the archipelago's vast tracts of jungle.
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September 23rd, 2018
Indonesian palm oil farmer Kawal Surbakti says his livelihood is under attack, but the threat is not from insects or hungry orangutans eating his prized crop. Half a world away, the European Parliament is moving to ban the use of palm oil in biofuels, while British grocer Iceland has announced it will stop using the commodity over concerns that it causes widespread environmental destruction. "I've suffered serious losses," the 64-year-old Surbakti said from his two-hectare (five acre) farm on Indonesia's Sumatra island.
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May 8th, 2018
Ban 'could affect our bilateral relationship and potentially defence sales', says MoD official in email
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