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.

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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

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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

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EXCLUSIVE: Are KitKat sales helping line the pockets of a man who bribed Indonesia’s top judge?

Friday, July 5th, 2019

Purchases in Malaysia by Wilmar, the world’s largest palm oil trader, are helping fund deforestation in neighbouring Indonesia, to the benefit of a criminal businessman involved in shady land dealings.

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Karuturi Global’s Ethiopia return stokes fears of deforestation and evictions

Thursday, June 27th, 2019

Indian firm gets green light for agribusiness plantations with new land deal, but NGOs believe move will cause forest destruction and displacement of local communities

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Indofood loses Citigroup investment following labour abuse revelations

Thursday, June 20th, 2019

US bank pulls $140 million financing after RSPO dropped Indonesian palm oil giant for widespread labour violations.

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No respite for Honduras’ protected forests as illegal oil palm continues to advance

Friday, June 14th, 2019

Amid a surge in palm oil exports to Europe, illegal clearing of protected forests in Honduras continues to worsen as authorities fail to crack down on illegal farms and “palm laundering”.

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Global brands’ zero-deforestation pledges prove hollow as 50 million hectares of forest vanish

Wednesday, June 12th, 2019

An area twice the size of the UK has been cleared for agribusiness globally since 2010 as illegal cultivation practices of multinational firms add to forest destruction.

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As European demand for its cocoa surges, illegal deforestation threatens to destroy “critical forest corridor” in Nigeria

Friday, May 31st, 2019

Cross River State, home to some of Nigeria’s last remaining tropical rainforest and critically endangered gorillas, faces unprecedented threats from illegal deforestation for cocoa, an NGO in the region has warned.

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EU needs new laws to ban global deforestation in product supply chains – survey

Thursday, May 23rd, 2019

New regulation is needed to ensure products sold in the European Union do not contribute to global deforestation, according to 87 per cent of European residents surveyed in a new continent-wide poll.

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Brazilian authorities bust corruption scheme behind “extensive” illegal deforestation for cattle in the Amazon

Friday, May 17th, 2019

Brazilian authorities have arrested more than a dozen law enforcement agents and cattle ranchers over corruption, money laundering and illegal deforestation in the Amazon. The criminal group is also accused of land grabbing and violent acts against local residents.

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