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2011-07-12 08:00:00

MINNEAPOLIS, July 12, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Cargill has announced that the palm oil products it supplies to its customers in Europe, United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand will be certified by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) and/or originated from smallholder growers by 2015 (this excludes palm kernel oil products). This commitment will be extended across all Cargill's oil and trading businesses to cover 100 percent of its palm oil products and all customers worldwide...

2011-06-17 09:04:00

NEW YORK, June 17, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Herakles Farms, a New York-based agriculture company, is planning two commercial-scale sustainable palm oil plantations in Cameroon and Ghana, providing over 10,000 jobs to local people and introducing an important new growth opportunity to the Central and West African regions. Herakles Farms began working on the project in 2009, when it acquired 100 percent ownership in SG Sustainable Oils from Sithe Global, an affiliate of the Blackstone Group....

2011-03-28 20:00:00

KUCHING, Sarawak, Malaysia, March 29, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The State Government of Sarawak's Agricultural Policy prioritises sustainable management of biodiversity as part of its strategy for the growth of palm oil plantation. Sarawak has a total land mass of 12.4 million hectares, of which 70% is under forest cover and 14% is secondary forest. 13% of the land is used for agriculture and the remaining 3% compromise settlements and water bodies. Currently the state has allocated 700,000...

2011-02-28 14:32:03

Indonesia has promised to become a world leader in reducing greenhouse gas emissions. In 2009, the president committed to a 26% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2020 to below 'business-as-usual' levels. Of this total, 14% would have to come from reducing emissions from deforestation or forest degradation. Investments by foreign governments and other bodies are expected to raise total emission reduction from 26% to 41%. While international negotiations on rules about how to reduce...

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2011-02-02 06:25:00

Indonesia said Tuesday that it plans to step up its law enforcement on Borneo Island, after it acknowledged that hundreds of mine and plantation companies are operating illegally on the island, which is affecting forests and threatened species. The forest ministry admitted that less than 20 percent of the companies operating on the island and less than 1.5 percent of the mining firms had official permits in Central Kalimantan, on the Indonesian side of Borneo. "There are only 67 plantation...

2010-08-19 12:35:00

JAKARTA, Indonesia, Aug. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Smallholders at Cargill's oil palm plantation, PT. Hindoli in South Sumatra, Indonesia, have received Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) certification. This is the world's first smallholder scheme to become certified under the RSPO's Smallholder Principles & Criteria and is also another important milestone in Cargill's commitment to producing palm oil in an environmentally sustainable and socially responsible manner. "We would like to...

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2008-12-01 13:50:00

Scientists from seven nations released a new study on Monday that finds clearing tropical forests in order to plant biofuels harms the environment by reducing animal and plant diversity. Biofuels are considered greener than fossil fuels because plants absorb greenhouse gases from the atmosphere as they grow. "Keeping tropical rain forests intact is a better way to combat climate change than replacing them with biofuel plantations," the scientists wrote in a report about the study. In South...

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2007-04-02 00:40:00

AMSTERDAM, Netherlands -- Only a few years ago, oil from palm trees was viewed as an ideal biofuel: a cheap, renewable alternative to petroleum that would fight global warming. Energy companies began converting generators and production soared. Now, it's increasingly seen as an example of how well-meaning efforts to limit climate-changing carbon emissions may backfire. Marcel Silvius, a climate expert at Wetlands International in the Netherlands, led a team that compared the benefits of palm...


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