Friends of the Earth’s blog is a staff-run blog that provides policy analysis, insight and commentary about the environment and other progressive issues, advances our campaigns, and builds momentum for a healthy and just world.

What's driving the palm oil industry's human rights abuses and environmental destruction? Just follow the money

Dec. 20, 2013 / Posted by: Jeff Conant / Categories: Blog, Oceans and Forests / Tags: Forests, Indonesia, Jeff conant, Landgrabs, Palm oil, Wilmar

If you’re an American looking to do your part to protect tropical rainforests, you need look no further than your kitchen pantry. As you’ve likely heard by now from Friends of the Earth and others, the world’s leading killer of t...

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Illegal palm plantations and illicit land grabs threaten the world’s last forests

Nov. 25, 2013 / Posted by: Jeff Conant / Categories: Blog, Oceans and Forests / Tags: Climate change, Forests, Indonesia, Jeff conant, Palm oil, Wall street, Wilmar

Illegal and destructive production of palm oil in Indonesia is continuing, with a chain of culpability that spreads worldwide, from Southeast Asian rain forests to supermarket shelves and Wall Street board rooms. Our new report, Commodity Crimes: ...

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Synthetic biology and the “bioeconomy”: Feeding fuel to the fire of landgrabs and biodiversity loss

Feb. 18, 2013 / Posted by: Jeff Conant and Eric Hoffman / Categories: Blog, Climate and Energy, Food and Technology, Oceans and Forests / Tags: Biomass, Eric hoffman, Forests, Jeff conant, Synthetic biology

When our friends at Global Forest Coalition asked us to write an article examining the links between the synthetic biology industry and trends in the forest sector, we were happy to put together the following article, a version of which has just r...

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