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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.

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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