Soy Beans, Palm Oil Drive Forest Loss, and More!

Forests: the cheapest way to store carbon

OO As Bolivia Plans Dramatic Agro-Expansion,
Forests To Pay The Price (PART II)

When palm oil plantations replace forests, orangutans die, and local villages lose important water sources.

OO Indonesia: Palm Oil Company Keeps Operating Illegal Plantation
– Despite Court Ruling

OO Malaysian Palm Oil Chief Misleads On Deforestation

The FSC could be an important influence in guiding the lumber market away from old growth forests.

OO Forest Stewardship Council Passes Motion For Greater Protection Of Primary Forests

Illegal conversion of forest into farmland drives 50 percent of tropical deforestation.

Illegal Tropical Deforestation Driven Globally By “Agro-Conversion”reports John C Cannon at Mongabay. Nearly 50 percent of tropical deforestation to make room for commercial agriculture between 2000 and 2012 was done so illegally, says a new report by Forest Trends, looking at the global tide of tropical forest “agro-conversion.”

Soybean demand worldwide fuels tropical deforestation from agro-conversion.

The study systematically documents abuses of national and international laws that resulted in deforestation to satiate the world’s hunger for cheap agricultural products.

In Bolivia, for example, land clearing to plant soybeans, three-quarters of which end up being exported, has been the main cause of deforestation

A green label? Read the fine print. Palm oil, kernel, fruit – whatever it is labeled as – is an unhealthy ingredient that also fuels major deforestation in the tropics, destroying valuable carbon-storing systems.

A full 40% of exported palm oil – the cheap fat found in so many of the products found on supermarket shelves in wealthy countries – comes from plants that illegally replaced forests.

OO Next Big Idea In Forest Conservation:
Harness The Power Of Marketing

OO Domestic Conservation: Indonesia’s Rich Should Save
Their Dwindling Natural Resources
– middle and upper classes increasingly support environmental conservation. It is in their interest to do so.

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About melharte

Mel (Mary Ellen) Harte is a biologist (PhD) and climate change educator. She co-authored the free online book, COOL THE EARTH, SAVE THE ECONOMY, available at www.CoolTheEarth.US, and writes the CLIMATE CHANGE THIS WEEK column at the HuffingtonPost. Living summers in the alpine Rockies, she is on the frontlines of watching what climate change can do. Her diagnostic digital photographs of wildflowers have appeared in numerous publications.
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2 Responses to Soy Beans, Palm Oil Drive Forest Loss, and More!

  1. A lot of Halloween candy contains palm oil. Be wary! 😉

  2. melharte says:

    Thanks! Never even thought of that — shall warn others… as it is, I go to thrift shops to find little toys, pencils, etc. to put in their bags, rather than sugar. Or, if I have the time, origami jumping frogs!

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