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Latest Chapter in the Palm Oil and Deforestation Saga

Today (Tuesday 15th December) in London, we’ll be launching our Report on High Carbon Stock (HCS) forests, and the role of the palm oil industry in helping both to identify them and then to protect them. It’s a bit of a blockbuster, made up of three different elements: the Overview Report (which…

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FiFo – Fish-In, Fish-Out

Global food security is all about sourcing enough protein, on a genuinely sustainable basis, for a population in excess of nine billion people in the second half of this century. There’s now an increasingly lively debate about the balance between protein from plants, protein from meat and dairy,…

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Poverty, Palm Oil and Protecting the Forests

I’m just back from Gabon and Liberia – first time I’ve ever been in these countries. I was there to understand better what the idea of ‘sustainable palm oil’ might mean in that part of the world, and came away both excited at the potential for both countries, and even more uneasy with the…

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The Hypocrisy at the Heart of Today’s Food Security Debate

On David Attenborough’s 89th birthday this May, he somehow found himself in conversation with Barack Obama. And a rather strange conversation it was too, with the President of the United States somehow more in awe of David Attenborough than the other way round! For an old population hand (and…

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Palm Oil and Deforestation: Moving Things On

Last week, after nearly a year’s work, the High Carbon Stock Steering Committee (of which I’m the Co-Chair) issued its Draft Synthesis Report for consultation. At one level, our Report is all about a simple tale of trying to reconcile two conflicting imperatives: IMPERATIVE 1 Minimise (and, where…

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