02 Aug '12, 9am

Unilever Reaches Sustainable Palm Oil Goal Three Years Early

It might be better than nothing, but “Green Palm” certificates don’t really do much to stop deforestation, and are WAY behind the emerging deforestation free standard. The RSPO certifies palm oil grown by clearing so-called “secondary forests.” 60% of Asia’s forests are classified as secondary, and they very often include just as much wildlife, including engangered orangutans, tigers, Sumatran rhinos and elephants as primary forests – and just as much carbon. The palm oil industry classifies secondary forests pretty much anything that had any human impact – even if it’s a single tree taken out forty years ago. In contrast, the Rainforest Alliance has created truly deforestation free palm oil standard and the world’s largest private sector palm oil producer Golden Agri-Resources has committed to only expand onto unforested land (and so far seems to be implementing that comm...

Full article: http://www.triplepundit.com/2012/08/unilever-reaches-sust...

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