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Sustainable Palm Oil: If you Want to End Deforestation, Stick to the Facts!

I hate to have to say this, but James Corden and Bill Bailey have allowed themselves to be duped by an unholy combination of NGOs and naïve retailers. I’m referring, of course, to the controversy over a recent film made by Greenpeace to highlight the continuing plight of orangutans in Indonesia and…

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Iceland, Palm Oil and Empty PR Stunts

Richard Walker, MD of Iceland Foods, is a man on a mission to save the world’s rainforests. You can bet he felt really pleased with himself when his decision to ban the use of palm oil in Iceland’s own brands attracted a flurry of publicity a couple of weeks ago. Since then, people have had a…

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Palm Oil: the Edible Oil Westerners Love to Hate!

Just back from another visit to KL as part of the work Forum for the Future does with Sime Darby Plantation – one of the biggest (and most sustainable!) palm oil companies in the world. Oh boy! Are they (and the Malaysian palm oil industry as a whole) up in arms about some of the ongoing…

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Seafood Companies Launch Major Initiative

Wednesday saw the launch of one of the most fascinating – and significant – initiatives that I’ve been involved in for a very long time: Seafood Business for Ocean Stewardship (SEABOS) – a coalition of eight of the world’s largest and most powerful fisheries companies coming together to address…

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Re-inventing the ‘Limits to Growth’ debate

Still barely a mention about the environment in the Referendum campaign – just another reminder that these issues still have very little cut-through in UK politics. Beyond the debate about climate change (which, to be fair, does get some cut-through, though rarely in ways that would be desirable),…

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Values, Global Citizenship and the EU Referendum: a Mind-Boggling Mindset Mash-up!

I don’t feel good about this, but I can’t help despising most of the people involved in the Brexit campaign: Nigel Farage, Iain Duncan Smith, Norman Tebbit, Owen Paterson, George Galloway, Michael Gove, John Whittingdale, Chris Grayling, Liam Fox, Peter Lilley, John Redwood, Boris Johnson –…

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