NC | non·con·form·i·ty

NC | non·con·form·i·ty

Coming soon: a (bi-)weekly(?) blog on third party certification and sustainability; bear with me as I find a workable format for a regular blog/vlog.

Sapiens | The Truth About “Sustainable” Palm Oil

Sapiens | The Truth About “Sustainable” Palm Oil

A Marind elder named Pius points out that in so-called sustainable palm oil projects, conservation scientists from outside the area who “have never lived with the forest” are hired by palm oil companies to evaluate the plantations. These conservationists compartmentalize the landscape into zones of high and low conservation value based on guidelines set by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil. Areas of high conservation value include forests that house threatened species or protect watersheds, as well as sites that satisfy the needs of local communities — though this latter aspect tends to get neglected. Companies are then required to demarcate, monitor, and enhance areas deemed to be of high value.

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EDGE | Palm oil firms tackling deforestation seen giving better returns

EDGE | Palm oil firms tackling deforestation seen giving better returns

The palm oil industry is facing intensified scrutiny from environmental groups and consumers, amid allegations clearing land for the crop destroys tropical rainforests. While a range of producers have denied the allegations and stepped up efforts to counter them, there are concerns that getting sustainable certification is expensive and may hurt profits.

edie | European food industry driving deforestation and climate change, report says

edie | European food industry driving deforestation and climate change, report says

Forest loss is continuing at an alarming rate. The good news is that we have the partners and tools to fight it, and that when pooling Europe’s demand for sustainable commodities into hotspot regions, the trends can be reversed. Commitments matter but stopping global deforestation and climate change will take more than just words – together, we need to turn pledges into action.

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