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Herakles Farms and how a US agri-corporation sparked anger in Africa

Blog entry by Filip Verbelen | 6 July, 2012 3 comments

Palm oil is the world’s cheapest edible oil and a key ingredient in some biofuels. Global demand is booming and agri-corporations are grabbing large swathes of land to expand palm oil production in a new frontier: Africa. One of...

Herakles' Cameroon palm oil project halted

Blog entry by Laila Williams | 22 May, 2013 15 comments

Bruce Wrobel, the chief executive of Herakles Farms, claims his company’s efforts to flatten a chunk of Cameroon’s dense rainforest to develop a palm oil plantation are borne of a desire to address a "dire humanitarian need". Yet...

Facts on the ground undermine Herakles’ Cameroonian PR offensive

Blog entry by Greg Norman | 22 November, 2012 4 comments

Bruce Wrobel, the CEO of Herakles Farms, has long claimed that his is a company that represents a positive presence in Africa. Indeed it seems impossible at present to pick up a newspaper in the Cameroonian capital Yaoundé without...

French and Cameroonian presidents meet, but will they talk about palm oil?

Blog entry by Jean-François Julliard | 30 January, 2013 1 comment

The French President Francois Hollande today received his Cameroonian counterpart, Paul Biya, at the Elysée Palace in Paris – and there was not a lack of potential topics for discussion. Yet surely the one thing that had to be...

GAR sets the bar high in Indonesian deforestation

Blog entry by Bustar Maitar | 6 June, 2012 1 comment

What seemed unthinkable for some people two years ago is now happening. Golden Agri-Resources (GAR) is leading the way in what could be the starting point for the palm oil industry to phase out deforestation. And instead of hanging...

Daily News: TEPCO injects nitrogen into Fukushima nuclear plant, and Arctic...

Blog entry by Alexa P | 7 April, 2011

Top news: Nitrogen injected into Fukushima’s reactor 1 to avert potential explosion; proposal to reduce global temperatures by “whitening clouds” could actually increase global warming; Arctic freshwater melt set to flood into ocean,...

Sinar Mas gets ultimatum from RSPO over palm oil and deforestation

Blog entry by Ian Duff | 24 September, 2010 1 comment

At last, the Roundtable of Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) is threatening action following the release last month of the independent audit commissioned by Sinar Mas , which showed that the company had been breaking Indonesian law and RSPO...

Daily news: GM crops OK’d in Kenya; Iconic guitars facing extinction

Blog entry by MaeveS | 1 August, 2011 4 comments

Top news: Kenya becomes latest African country to allow GM crops; Fishing industry gears up for discard debate; Malaysia takes step towards sustainable palm oil; Deforestation threatens Gibson guitars #GM: Kenya has become Africa’s...

Daily news: Polar bear protest: Greenpeace activists occupy Cairn Energy’s UK...

Blog entry by Emma M | 19 July, 2011

Top news: Polar bears occupy Cairn HQ, radio-active beef found in Japanese cows, labeling of palm oil products in Australia. #Energy: 50 activists dressed as polar bears entered the Cairn headquarters yesterday and occupied it .

Daily News: Red Carpet Activists Vindicated; Thailand leads the energy [r]evolution

Blog entry by JPateraki | 23 August, 2011

© Alex Stoneman / Greenpeace Top news: Danish court recognizes peaceful protest; Hormone disruptor found in dirty laundry; Thailand (r)evolts ; Carbon offsets down under;  Conservationists build Orangutan Bridges #Red...

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