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Human trafficking, child labor, inadequate safety equipment resulting in routine exposure to toxic chemicals, union busting, and other labor abuses are sadly all too common on palm oil plantations, helping to keep the cost of this oil artificially low on the global market.
A new Rainforest Action Network video uncovers palm oil's high human cost.
That prohibition, however, was ignored, and logging of primary forest and the conversion of peat swamps persisted. Between
Leases on federal land ignore coal's real cost, Greenpeace says.
Environmental Activism as if We Wanted to Win: It's Time to Stop Acting and Start Doing What Matters
On climate, however, our methods are often outdated and ineffective. Perhaps because we care so passionately, we seem to lack the strategic precision we need to win. We're making mistakes on the very issue that matters most.
I only wear green to the Oscars. I'm not talking about gowns a fashion writer might describe as emerald, chartreuse or seafoam. No, my idea of a green dress is an ensemble that was created in a way that is as good for the planet as it is beautiful on the woman.
A new video explains how to get involved.
Starbucks has a bigger problem than the controversy over its new red holiday cup. It's still buying palm oil and other agricultural products that might be linked to tropical forest destruction, and a coalition of science, environmental and labor organizations isn't happy about it.
"Today, our renewable energy portfolio is more than three times as large as our coal extraction portfolio," Plepler continued
Besides the fact that McDonald's sells a lot of beef, which is by far the worst meat for the climate, it's one of the top 10 largest users of palm oil, the world's most popular vegetable oil -- and a major source of carbon emissions.
Palm oil is now used in nearly half of all foods on supermarket shelves, added to everything from breakfast cereals to margarine to potato chips. It is also an ingredient in shampoo, soaps, cosmetics, toothpaste, and laundry detergents, and is used as a feedstock for biofuels.
The marketing types probably did not figure on the catchy phrase "Live for Now" as a likely target for environmental groups to latch on to, but latch on they did.
NextGen spokesman Mike Casey told DeSmogBlog that NextGen also delivered a copy of the report to Carlos Pascual, Special