Ongoing legal uncertainty risks more conflict at Indonesia palm site linked to murders

Friday, February 21st, 2020

Tension rising once more at KSU Amelia as new land rights disputes fester in wake of local activists’ murder in 2019 at the North Sumatra plantation.

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Forest 500 report laments “painfully slow” progress of brands to tackle supply chain deforestation

Wednesday, February 19th, 2020

New analysis of corporate efforts to fight against deforestation accuses Amazon, Nike, McDonald’s and dozens of other firms of falling short.

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Feronia security guard reportedly acquitted of environmental activist’s murder in DRC

Monday, February 17th, 2020

Court decision to clear palm oil company employee of murder has left local rights group “shocked and outraged” as NGO pressure mounts on Feronia and its European backers.

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UK-based Equatorial Palm Oil under fire for alleged malpractice in Liberia

Friday, January 31st, 2020

Traidcraft Exchange report calls for UK due diligence legislation outlawing environmental and human rights abuses by UK-registered firms operating overseas.

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Critics round on Bolivia authorities for prioritising agribusiness over deforestation crisis

Friday, January 31st, 2020

New legislations in Santa Cruz and Beni could see millions of hectares of forest destroyed for agribusiness as indigenous leaders say an “emergency” is unfolding in the country.

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EU risks buying “illegally produced” Mexican avocados as imports surge 70% in 2019

Wednesday, January 29th, 2020

Criminal groups now “embedded in the entire supply chain” of production in Michoacán where violence, extortion and illegal land clearing are rife.

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Poultry excuses? UK chicken retailers’ soy purchases aiding destruction of South American forests

Friday, January 24th, 2020

Supermarkets and fast-food outlets under fire in new Greenpeace report for buying soya for chicken feed from commodity traders linked to illegal deforestation.

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Nestlé dumps Cargill’s Brazilian soy but persists with its palm oil, cocoa supplies

Friday, January 17th, 2020

Decision of food giant to stop sourcing Brazilian soy from Cargill welcomed but a failure to act on other suspect commodity supply chains raises yet more questions.

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Feronia’s EU funders look to act after report exposes Congo palm plantation abuses

Wednesday, January 15th, 2020

Major development banks commit to addressing reports of worker abuses, environmental pollution and other malpractices at controversial Feronia palm oil sites in DRC.

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“Fake” permits underpin world’s biggest palm oil project in Indonesian Papua

Friday, December 20th, 2019

Investigation reveals local officials reported to their superiors as long ago as 2013 that all seven plantation operation permits underpinning the controversial 2,800 square kilometre “Tanah Merah” project were faked, but no action was taken.

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Mystery shrouds firm set to clear 60,000 hectares of Cameroon forest for palm oil

Friday, December 20th, 2019

Camvert Sarl named as company behind a planned palm oil development that locals and activists fear will put communities and native forests at risk in Southern Cameroon.

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Record forest fires are fanning the flames of Nicaragua’s growing deforestation crisis

Wednesday, December 18th, 2019

Weak governance and an expanding export-oriented agribusiness model are fuelling growing deforestation and forest fires in the Central American nation.

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Asian banks gave $19bn to palm oil firms linked to Indonesia fires

Thursday, December 12th, 2019

NGOs call out complicity of region’s largest financial institutions in bankrolling palm oil corporates implicated in forest fires crisis.

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Open letter calling on Bolsonaro to protect Amazon exposes firms’ double standards

Thursday, December 5th, 2019

Some of the firms now calling on Bolsonaro to protect the Amazon – including Sainsbury’s, Morrisons, Asda, Lidl, Carrefour and Princes – have been found by Earthsight to sell Brazilian beef from a company repeatedly implicated in illegal deforestation.

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Sônia Guajajara: “Agribusiness today really is a plague”

Friday, November 29th, 2019

In an exclusive Earthsight interview, prominent indigenous leader Sônia Guajajara discusses the threats facing indigenous peoples and Europe’s responsibilities towards conservation in Brazil.

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