Two million hectares of Bolivia burns following Morales’ suspect expansion of agriculture frontier
Wednesday, September 11th, 2019
Local NGOs and Amnesty International call for suspension of Supreme Decree 3973 allowing “controlled burns” and investigation into perpetrators responsible for forest fires crisis
Pressure builds on big economies to address agri-commodity import risks in wake of Amazon fires
Tuesday, September 3rd, 2019
G7 and UK Amazon aid pledges are meagre compared to their Brazilian beef purchases, while supermarkets still stocking high-risk Brazilian beef products as government responses are found wanting.
NGOs allege Malaysian palm oil labour abuses violate US law, while EU legislation falls short
Monday, September 2nd, 2019
Legal complaint targets Proctor & Gamble’s purchases from Felda Global Ventures and acknowledges global buyers from same plantations, but similar cases not possible in Europe.
Brazil senators and NGOs attempt to oust environment minister for failing to protect Amazon
Friday, August 23rd, 2019
Opposition politicians submit impeachment request to the Supreme Federal Court, while 50 civil society groups call for investigation into Ricardo Salles for improper conduct and ‘paralysing’ environmental action.
Prosecutor targets ‘ringleader’ Dennis Melka in Peru cacao investigation
Monday, August 19th, 2019
After employees at Melka-run firm sentenced for illegal Amazon deforestation, officials now pursuing the millionaire businessman for yet more suspect practices in Peru.
Bolivia legalises and expands ‘savage’ deforestation for China and Russia beef deals
Friday, August 16th, 2019
New Decree is said to violate landmark Mother Earth law by opening up an additional 4.5 million hectares to cattle ranchers in El Beni department.
Tropical Forest Alliance supports EU regulation on ‘deforestation-laced’ commodities
Thursday, August 8th, 2019
Head of industry-backed anti-deforestation grouping backs EU due diligence regulation for agri-commodities in light of failure of voluntary corporate pledges.
Activists face deadly risks in protecting lands from global agribusiness
Wednesday, August 7th, 2019
Global Witness report documents dangers for world’s land defenders as 164 activists murdered in 2018 with almost 20% of killings linked to commodity-driven cultivation disputes.
Korindo sanctioned by FSC for Indonesia palm oil operations
Wednesday, July 31st, 2019
Certification body upholds Mighty Earth complaint on Korindo’s violations, though questions remain on illegal fires.
Global appetite for avocados drives deforestation in Mexico
Tuesday, July 30th, 2019
Mexican exports of millennials’ favourite brunch food hit 1.2 million tonnes in 2018, as authorities try to tackle illegal cultivation and forest destruction.
Environmentalist murdered near disputed DRC palm oil project
Monday, July 29th, 2019
Killing of Joël Imbangola Lunea allegedly linked to ongoing unrest between local communities and Canadian palm oil giant Feronia-PHC.
Why mooted law on imported deforestation is essential to salvage new EU global forest policy
Friday, July 26th, 2019
Europe’s new plan to address its role in driving rampant, often illegal deforestation through its consumption of commodities is finally ready. It has taken over 10 years to write. It runs to 21 pages. But just one short sentence really matters – and the future of the planet may hinge on how it is interpreted.
Independent audit reveals Indonesia’s biggest palm oil project still hidden from RSPO
Tuesday, July 23rd, 2019
HSA Group has denied ties to contentious megaproject to clear 2800 km² of jungle, but new Earthsight research shows staff links between Yemeni firm and the Papua project, where satellite imagery reveals fresh land clearances.
Cargill dubbed ‘worst company in world’ in damning Mighty Earth report
Friday, July 19th, 2019
US commodities giant given the malign moniker amid tide of illegal deforestation, child labour and environmental abuse allegations across its global supply chains
Australian banks urged to ‘cut ties’ with palm oil firms as $6.4 billion investments revealed
Wednesday, July 17th, 2019
Friends of the Earth report says that in financing the likes of Wilmar and Olam International, major banks are complicit in illegal deforestation and human rights violations