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Sustainable Palm Oil

Super Seed Identified to Produce More Palm Oil Using Less Land

Robert Hii | Posted 05.09.2017 | Green
Robert Hii

I love seeds, especially those that are sprouting. They bring a warm fuzzy feeling with their promise to become colorful flowers, food and shelter whi...

The Sabah Map to End All Debates on Producing Sustainable Palm Oil

Robert Hii | Posted 04.09.2017 | Green
Robert Hii

Sabah state in Malaysia has aspirations to become one of the first jurisdictions in the world to produce only certified sustainable palm oil statewide...

Extinguishing Forest Fires, Igniting Action

Katie McCoy | Posted 04.12.2017 | Green
Katie McCoy

Despite being so lucrative to countries such as Indonesia, the current approach to palm oil production is also heavily contributing to widespread, rapid deforestation and land-use change.

Towards a Global Definition of Sustainable Palm Oil

Robert Hii | Posted 12.18.2016 | Green
Robert Hii

It would be an act against conservation to reject a platform that would address the environmental needs of the global community while improving socio-economic needs for local communities.

Borneo Is Still Burning After Two Months of Fires

Robert Hii | Posted 10.20.2016 | Green
Robert Hii

The spotty coverage by Western media has been disappointing considering that the forest fires in these few months could equal to the total annual carbon emissions of the UK.

The Need for Development Is Missing in Defining Sustainable Palm Oil

Robert Hii | Posted 09.04.2016 | Green
Robert Hii

The orangutan is going extinct because of palm oil cultivation. The same palm oil which is found in our chocolates and skin creams is also accused of being a major contributor to climate changing green house gases that will affect us all.

Seventh Generation Suspended by Certification Body

Robert Hii | Posted 05.23.2015 | Green
Robert Hii

The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), which is a globally recognized certification body for palm oil, has suspended a bunch of its members for non-compliance. I was surprised the RSPO acted this fast as the usual complaint is that it acts too slow.

Clearing the Table, Not the Rainforest, This Thanksgiving

Mindy S. Lubber | Posted 01.25.2015 | Business
Mindy S. Lubber

Investing in companies that practice sustainability in their supply chains helps to ensure that the retirement funds of those who have served the state and cities of New York are being invested in companies that take the long view.

Sustainable Palm Oil: The New Norm?

Robert Hii | Posted 01.25.2015 | Green
Robert Hii

Certification is definitely what we need as consumers. The presence of credible logos on packaging will make it that much easier to make a conscientious choice when shopping.

Plantation Level Conservation to Stop Extinction

Robert Hii | Posted 12.09.2014 | Green
Robert Hii

Until we know what the fall-out from the agreement to continue deforestation is, little pockets of survivors are an essential solution to stopping absolute extinction.

Alexander C. Kaufman

Burger King Deal With Tim Hortons May Be Disastrous For Rainforests | Alexander C. Kaufman | Posted 08.30.2014 | Business

Burger King’s plan to merge with doughnut chain Tim Hortons in Canada may be a bad sign for Southeast Asia’s rainforests. Both companies have c...

Animal Welfare and Palm Oil in Products We Buy

Robert Hii | Posted 10.05.2014 | Green
Robert Hii

While it is great to see all these multinational palm oil producers making the pledge to protect forests for the sake of wild animals, how would one know at the retail level which products use palm oil from these producers?

Choosing Kit Kat Bars to Save the Sumatran Tigers

Robert Hii | Posted 04.26.2014 | Green
Robert Hii

I still get asked by people why I make such a big fuss over palm oil. It usually throws me off balance as I am surrounded by so many people who are "in the know."

Saving Orangutans One Company at a Time

Robert Hii | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Robert Hii

Did all the producing members of this volume abide by the rules or is a part of it produced by members like Wilmar Group, which is being targeted by Greenpeace or Bumitama Group which was the subject of a comprehensive study by Rainforest Action Network?

Stop Global Warming and Save Endangered Wildlife as You Shop

Robert Hii | Posted 11.09.2013 | Green
Robert Hii

The Malaysian state of Borneo, Sabah, is the last remaining hope for many unique Borneon species including orangutans, forest elephants and rhinos but its routinely carved up for palm oil plantations for the sake of "development." Think I'm exaggerating?

How Starbucks Can Save Orangutans Today

Robert Hii | Posted 10.29.2013 | Green
Robert Hii

Palm oil is a tiny fraction of the ingredients that Starbucks uses. That makes the options for them really simple. They can choose to pay the premiums for untainted palm oil or they can drop its use totally

Greenwashed Palm Oil Marketing?

Robert Hii | Posted 10.08.2013 | Green
Robert Hii

What's in a word? According to consumer groups, when it comes to marketing products that use palm oil, everything. They issued a harsh statement this ...

Africa's False Dilemma

Kumi Naidoo | Posted 12.26.2012 | Green
Kumi Naidoo

Ecological and economic welfare are two sides of the same coin and having to choose between developing economies and societies on one hand, and protecting the environment on the other, is a false dilemma.

Orangutan Emergency in Indonesia: The Edge of Extinction

Rebecca Tarbotton | Posted 06.19.2012 | Green
Rebecca Tarbotton

The extinction of the world's great apes, taking place in remote rainforests and seemingly out of our control, is much closer than you might imagine -- and the solution is nearer still.

Bad Ideas Contaminate, While Good Ideas Are Contagious

Pat Mitchell | Posted 06.17.2012 | Impact
Pat Mitchell

This is what happens when good people come together, whether in real-time or online, with a strong purpose and with intention to change what needs to be changed to create a more sustainable peaceful, prosperous planet for all.

Tara Kelly

Renegade Girl Scouts Recognized For Saving Orangutans | Tara Kelly | Posted 02.09.2012 | Green

A pair of renegade girl scouts accepted a prestigious U.N. award in New York Thursday for their work bringing attention to the threat palm oil product...

Girl Scouts Pledge To Reduce Palm Oil In Cookies | Posted 01.09.2012 | Home

A five-year campaign by two Michigan girls to make Girl Scout cookies more environmentally friendly has prompted the youth organization to curb the us...

Indonesian Forest Plan May Be Breakthrough on Climate Change

James Bacchus | Posted 07.24.2011 | Green
James Bacchus

Although little noted thus far in the U.S., Indonesia has just announced the details of a program intended to diminish forest destruction and thereby reduce the greenhouse gas emissions that scientists say are the main cause of climate change.

My Grandmother Invented Girl Scout Cookies, And Today She'd Be Ashamed

Josephine Carothers | Posted 07.24.2011 | Home
Josephine Carothers

Knowing my grandmother, whom we called "Angel," I can say this: Today, Ethel Jennings Newton would be ashamed of the destruction her inventiveness is causing in the lives of those powerless to stop it.

Which Country Is First To Commit To Sustainable Palm Oil?

Mongabay | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

The Netherlands has committed to only using palm oil certified under the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) by 2015, providing a huge boost for...