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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.

Open letter to DFA: I divested from forest destruction and so should you

Sep. 4, 2014 / Posted by: Jeff Conant / Categories: Blog, Oceans and Forests / Tags: Climate change, Dfa, Dimensional fund advisers, Friends of the earth, Jeff conant, Palm oil

Preface: When Friends of the Earth member Janet Thew learned how palm oil companies destroy rain forests, she decided to divest her family’s retirement account from Dimensional Fund Advisors. Dimensional, or DFA, has investments in more prob...

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In fighting deforestation, lets celebrate our victories: but beware the law of unintended consequences

Aug. 13, 2014 / Posted by: Jeff Conant / Categories: Blog, Food and Technology, Oceans and Forests / Tags: Forests, Palm oil, Synthetic biology

Campaigns to transform the palm oil industry are having clear success on many fronts: Over twenty companies worldwide, including Unilever, Cargill, Wilmar, and Pepsico, have adopted sustainable palm oil policies of varying strengths in the past f...

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When our land is free, we’re all free: Liberian communities (almost) kick out Equatorial Palm Oil

May. 12, 2014 / Posted by: Jeff Conant / Categories: Blog, Oceans and Forests / Tags: Arnold schwarzenegger, Forests, Jeff conant, Landgrabs, Liberia, Palm oil

It is all too rare that communities in the global south -- or anywhere -- win recognition of their rights to say 'no' to extractive projects on their lands. So when we received news a few weeks ago that Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf sto...

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