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An Indonesian activist who opposed unbridled oil palm
expansion was stabbed to death before dawn this morning outside a nightclub in South Jakarta.
Whether the attack was related to his activism or the spontaneous result of a barroom ...
Two palm oil
plantations have recently been established in Peru, supplanting primary forest. Satellite imagery analysis shows extent of the massive development, which is led by a group of companies tied to plantation entrepreneur and United Cacao ...
For the sixth episode of its third season, HBO’s Emmy-winning news series, VICE, focused its lens on Indonesia’s palm oil
industry. The episode, entitled, “Indonesia’s Palm
Bomb,” follows VICE correspondent, Ben Anderson, as he investigates the ...
The Mandarin Oriental hotel chain has landed in environmentalists' crosshairs for the practices of its sister company Astra Agro Lestari, a rapidly expanding palm oil
producer with fully developed plantations on an area larger than ...
A new report provides evidence that a supplier of palm oil
giants Wilmar and Musim Mas is bulldozing valuable forests in Indonesia’s Leuser Ecosystem in violation of the companies’ zero-deforestation policies.
As of April 30, when the ...
U.N. member states are meeting throughout the year to finalize the Sustainable
Development Goals (SDGs), which will set the global development agenda for the next 15 years. The goals are supposed to be universal and aspire to "leave no one ...
Due to its widening impact on tropical forests yet high profit margins, palm oil
is one of the most polarizing crops in the tropics. Scientists and environmentalists warn of the high ecological costs caused by converting peatlands and rainforests ...
-business forum in Indonesia's Riau province urged the government to support companies' zero-deforestation commitments, which remain hampered by policies that prevent firms from preserving forests in their concessions.Under ...
Last week, the London-based think tank Innovation Forum convened a two-day conference on the subject of sustainable
forestry in Washington, D.C. Titled “How Business Can Tackle Deforestation,” the conference brought together leaders from both ...
On Tuesday, global fast food giant McDonald’s pledged to end deforestation across its entire supply chain.
The announcement follows recent similar pledges by Dunkin’ Donuts, Krispy Kreme, Yum Brands and many others. But the World ...
A United Nations mission is due to take place this month to assess the impact of Ethiopia's massive Gilgel Gibe III hydroelectric power project on the Omo River which feeds Lake Turkana, the world's largest desert lake, lying mostly in northwest ...
United Cacao didn't need authorization to clear its plantation near Tamshiyacu, said a court in Loreto, Peru, resolving for the time being one of a series of questions about the legality and environmental sustainability of companies connected ...
Forests not only house many of the world's species, but also much of its carbon. Now, a toolkit has been developed by a group of companies and organizations with the aim of helping other companies and NGOs identify High Carbon Stock (HCS) ...
Today, the state of New York announced that, after negotiations with the global agribusiness conglomerate Archer Daniels Midland, ADM will adopt a no-deforestation policy for soy and palm oil
This is really freaking good news, and it ...
A new app enables iPhone [download] and Android [download] users to scan barcodes to reveal whether household products contain palm oil
The app, officially released Monday, was conceived by Australia-based Palm Oil
Investigations (POI) ...
Today, oil palm
is Indonesia’s most important cash crop. In 2014, Indonesia produced 33.5 million tons of palm oil
,  generating $18.9 billion in export revenue.  This makes palm oil
Indonesia’s third most valuable export, behind only coal ...
Declining crop prices usually spell bad news for farmers, and poor smallholders in particular. The drop in the price of palm oil
from a recent high of US$860 per metric ton in March 2014 to below US$640 in March 2015 (and far below 2010-2012 ...
Companies in Peru are planning to clear more than 23,000 hectares of primary rainforest in the northern Amazon in order to cultivate oil palm
, according to NGOs.
Operations on two plantations called Maniti and Santa Cecilia which would ...
Selective logging is causing long-term changes to tropical forests in Africa by facilitating the growth of weeds and vines, which reduces plant diversity and diminishes carbon storage, reports a new paper published in the journal Ecological ...
Picture a doughnut. That's small and easy, right? Now picture palm oil
Drawing a blank? That's because palm oil
, a prized vegetable oil
, is relatively unknown in America. But its market is huge because it's used in many different ...
Wilmar, the world's largest palm oil
company, has unveiled a tool it says will help eliminate deforestation from its global supply chain.
The tool is an online dashboard that maps the company's supply chain, including the names of ...
Aiming to be the world’s largest purveyor of sustainable
cacao, a company is developing a plantation in the Amazon that scientists say comes at the expense of primary forest
A cacao grower with roots in Southeast Asia’s palm oil
A commodity boom has helped pull millions out of poverty across South America over the past decade. It has also unleashed a new scramble for oil
, minerals and cropland that is accelerating deforestation and fuelling a new wave of land conflicts ...
2014 was a landmark year for tropical rainforests, with dozens of major companies committing to eliminating deforestation from their supply chains, the launch of new platforms for monitoring forests, and sharp drop in clearing in the Brazilian ...
You may have never heard of palm oil
-- let alone thought about the role it played in your investment portfolio. But palm oil
is fast becoming a ubiquitous ingredient, already present in half the goods we buy, from toothpaste to body wash, ...