Forest fires and Supreme Audit Agency findings overshadow palm oil sustainability claims amid Indonesia-EU “trade war”

Wednesday, September 25th, 2019

81% of concessions in country operate in violation of rules despite 38% being certified legal and sustainable.

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Community leaders arrested near Feronia’s Congo palm oil site, NGO claims

Monday, September 23rd, 2019

Locals opposed to presence of palm oil giant in Lokutu reportedly arrested and beaten by police and security guards employed by the Canadian firm.

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New York Declaration to halve global forest loss ‘impossible’ to achieve by 2020

Thursday, September 19th, 2019

Another voluntary initiative to halt deforestation is set to fail as the New York Declaration on Forests says its 200 members need to ‘dramatically escalate action’ in deforestation fight.

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British troops fed by corrupt Brazilian meat firm tied to illegal Amazon deforestation

Tuesday, September 17th, 2019

Ration packs used by the armed forces have contained beef and chicken from controversial Brazilian company JBS since 2009 and until at least 2016, while Brazilian beef is still used by the MoD, Earthsight has discovered.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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