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Kellogg Makes New Sustainable Palm Oil Commitment


Business  (tags: conservation, Sustainabililty, palm oil, RTSPO, Kellog, corporate social responsibility, Union of Concerned Scientists, Changing TimesSustainableDevelopment, ethics )

Evelyn
- 215 days ago - time2transcend.wordpress.com
Kellogg would require all palm oil suppliers to trace their oil to plantations that were independently verified as legally compliant. Producers would have to adhere to the company's principles for protecting forests, peat lands and communities (read more)



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Richard S. (197)
Saturday February 15, 2014, 11:20 am
Let's hope this turns out to be meaningful and not just PR:

The organization doing the "independent verifying" has come in for considerable criticism from Greenpeace and others. Some companies are improving their image by becoming RSPO members while producing very little sustainable oil. Producers only have to certify a portion of their crop as sustainable to become RSPO members. If a company had a 15,000 hectare concession and half of it was covered with forest, it would only have to agree to protect a portion of that forest to satisfy the RSPO criteria.
The US-based Union of Concerned Scientists says the RSPO standards “do not yet represent the best science regarding forest conservation and carbon emissions”. Certified sustainable palm oil, the scientists point out, is not guaranteed to be deforestation-free, and the destruction of peatlands is not banned.
In early 2013, more than 200 scientists from around the world called on the RSPO to adopt stronger standards to address these problems, but, the UCS says, the RSPO failed to make these needed changes.
 

Frances Darcy (219)
Saturday February 15, 2014, 11:29 am
"Certified sustainable palm oil, the scientists point out, is not guaranteed to be deforestation-free, and the destruction of peatlands is not banned. ".... Noted
 

Lonsdale Moon (91)
Saturday February 15, 2014, 11:47 am
While it's a start I do not see why Kellogs can't go a step further and stop using palm oil all together. Companies need to realise that people are aware of their practices and the public are more likely to support those (where possible) that do the right thing right up the chain from the products they use, the sources they obtain them from, the treatment of workers etc etc. If I know an item contains palm oil, I refuse to buy it.
 

Dave C. (214)
Saturday February 15, 2014, 11:48 am
I worry this is just something to "green wash"....some argue that there is "no sustainable palm oil" as Frances points out....
 

Natasha Salgado (520)
Saturday February 15, 2014, 3:48 pm
Sorry but i aint buying it...don't trust these huge corporations one bit. We've heard how many empty promises before--too many to count. Prove it.
 

Annette Gartland (1)
Sunday February 16, 2014, 12:04 am
Good to see this debate; it's such an essential question: can there be sustainable palm oil? There are clearly huge weaknesses in the current RSPO certification system.
 

Past Member (0)
Sunday February 16, 2014, 4:00 am
Noted, ty.
 

Birgitta S. (231)
Sunday February 16, 2014, 4:34 am
?
 

Sabine H. (177)
Sunday February 16, 2014, 4:44 am
Noted, ty.
 

Justin M. (2)
Sunday February 16, 2014, 5:33 am
Noted
 

Jane H. (134)
Sunday February 16, 2014, 9:38 am
baby steps are better than no steps! We must keep the pressure on---.We CAN help!
 

Birgit W. (144)
Sunday February 16, 2014, 3:26 pm
I don't buy any cereals anymore, thanks for sharing.
 

Angela J. (62)
Sunday February 16, 2014, 3:47 pm
Thank you.
 

Shawna S. (43)
Sunday February 16, 2014, 4:01 pm
I'll believe it when I read it (hopefully) on a Kellogg's product.
Thanks.
 

marie c. (168)
Sunday February 16, 2014, 5:22 pm
I am with you Lonsdale Moon I am sorry I think there will be many ways around this
 

Ruth S. (307)
Monday February 17, 2014, 11:24 am
Bah Bah Bah, a lot of talk, that is all that they are!
 

monka blank (74)
Monday February 17, 2014, 12:56 pm
I agree with Lonsdale Moon...I also refuse "Nutella" (made with palmoil).
 

Colleen L. (2)
Monday February 17, 2014, 1:12 pm
I too will believe it when it happens. If they do, then I hope many others follow in their footsteps. Thanks Evelyn
 

Melania Padilla (179)
Monday February 17, 2014, 1:58 pm
I don´t believe them, but if it is true that´d be awesome!!
 

Lynne Buckley (0)
Monday February 17, 2014, 2:37 pm
I hope they mean it this time.
 

Mary Donnelly (47)
Monday February 17, 2014, 5:12 pm
Noted.
 

gabriele jefferson (147)
Tuesday February 18, 2014, 10:25 am
noted, shared on fb & twitter
 
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