Palm oil supplier to food giants clears forest, peatland

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  • 30 Apr 2018 12:00 AM
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Palm Oil Supplier to Food Giants Clears Forest, Peatland in Indonesia, Greenpeace Says

Greenpeace has released video evidence that the Yemen-based Hayel Saeed Anam Group, which sells palm oil to Mars, Nestlé, PepsiCo, and Unilever through subsidiaries, is responsible for clearing 40 square kilometres (15 square miles) of rainforest and peatland in Indonesia’s Papua province between 2015 and 2017. Unilever, Nestlé, PepsiCo and Mars have all committed to buy palm oil and other products that aren’t tainted with the clearing of forests, the destruction of peatlands or the exploitation of workers — known collectively as “no deforestation, no peat, no exploitation” policies. But two of these companies’ suppliers, Arma International and Pacific Oils and Fats, are controlled by the Hayel Saeed Anam Group. In Greenpeace’s aerial shots, the dense forests around the PT Megakarya Jaya Raya concession soon give way to hectare upon hectare of moonscape-like razed forest, the felled trees scattered like matchsticks across a bare surface.

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