Rainforest is more important than palm oil profits
Cargill is selling palm oil derived from the destruction of the Sumatran rainforest, home of the critically endangered orangutans. In doing so the company is participating in the deforestation of one of the world's most important ecological systems. Demand that Cargill immediately stop trading with dirty palm oil
The corporate group Cargill is selling palm oil derived from the destruction of the Sumatran rainforest, home of the critically endangered orangutans.
In doing so this multinational company is participating in the deforestation of one of the world's most important ecological systems. It is only here that orangutans live side by side with other rare species such as tigers, elephants and rhinoceroses. As a result of the greed for profits they could soon be erased by flames. Their last habitat is being cut-and-burned to make way for oil palm plantations.
About 100 orangutans have already perished in the fires, local environmentalists tell us. This population could even become extinct by the end of 2012 if the logging is continued.
The multinational company Cargill is the largest importer of palm oil into the U.S. and controls about 25 percent of the global market for this commodity. The palm oil is refined and used for everyday products and ingredients such as margarine, emulsifiers and candles.
Please write to Cargill's management and ask them to protect the orangutans rather than participating in their eradication.
Rainforests are more important than palm oil plantations
Jul 28, 2012
Even more severe critique against Cargill
23,000 hectares of rainforest in a conservation area for orangutans were destroyed – for a palm oil plantation. The concession is held by a palm oil company which also delivers to Cargill. The corporation keeps referring to their apparently sustainable supply chain. Cargill however won´t be able to dismiss the EIA report too swiftly.
The EIA (Environmental Investigation Agency) and RAN (Rainforest Action Network) are again seriously criticizing the corporate groups Cargill and Bunge. Palm oil is supposedly being delivered to both corporations by a company that has illegally established a palm oil plantation in central Kalimantan (Borneo, Indonesia). The Indonesian sub-supplier of both multinational corporations has therefore drained peat swamps in that area and destroyed 23,000 hectares of rainforest inhabited by orangutans.
In April, Cargill wrote a statement addressed to Rainforest Rescue (in German): “(...) we do not cultivate palm oil in areas in which High Conservation Value Forests (HCVF) grow. Equally, we will not establish new palm oil plantations in areas in which biodiversity is endangered, including orangutans and other native species.”
Cargill confirms palm oil delivery from logging company
In march 2012, the EIA documents in a dossier of evidence how Cargill and Bunge are involved in serious environmental damage and failure in law enforcement in many cases through their involvement with Indonesian partner firms. The facts of the study are underlined by camera shots, that document the extensive environmental damage in central Kalimantan.: “Before PT SCP came here, there were many wild animal species: Orangutans, monkeys, crocodiles. But now, no forest is left“, an eyewitness explains. PT SCP belongs to the PT Best Agro International Group – a large Indonesian palm oil company, that verifiably delivers palm oil to Cargill and Bunge.
In 2011, Cargill confirmed to the news agency Reuters, that the Indonesian firm PT Best is delivering palm oil to them. On top of that, Cargill announced that they would stop the delivery if proof was served that the actions of their sub-supplier were illegal. The study as much as the camera shots do not seem to be sufficient proof enough for Cargill. What else do they need?
Cargill trades Sumatran palm oil. For weeks fires have been set by palm oil companies in the Sumatran rain forests to make way for new oil palm plantations.
This practice is threatening the critically endangered Sumatran orangutans with extinction. About 100 great apes have perished in the flames already.
As one of the largest quantity buyers of palm oil your company bears great responsibility as well as having plenty of room to really make a change. Please cut your ties to the destruction of rain forests and the destruction of species.
Call on your suppliers to stop the logging and the expansion of oil palm plantations immediately.
The rainforest and the orangutan habitat have to be restored without delay. Also, the livelihood of the local population has to be sustained and their rights are to be respected.