Why Boycott?

Increasing globalisation in the production of food has lead to a situation where we find the products for our daily life under the control of huge international food companies. They decide what we eat. They import and produce food in countries of the southern hemisphere. At the expense of the inhabitants of these countries they have grown up to big international conglomerates. Working conditions, social and ecological standards in these poorer countries are defined by them. Of course they are on the lowest level. Allowing the profit of the business to reach its maximum.

YOU normally don't know on which routes the product was transported nor how many chemicals were used during the process of production nor if there are transgenes in your food. Through the last decades giantic food suppliers emerged conducting worldwide activities. Their budget even exceeds the gross domestic product (GDP) of some European countries. There are three international food companies making the highest profits (net receipts 2014): NESTLÉ made 14,5 billion USD, second is UNILEVER earning 5,5 billion USD third place is MONDELĒZ International (formerly Kraft Foods) making 2,2 billion USD. These food multinationals can partly be blamed for the uneven distribution of wealth on the world. Scan products with the Buycott App before you shop (Sign Up).

04.11.2021

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As the headlines of Fall 2021 report one climate disaster after another - increasing hurricanes in the Gulf of Mexico, deadly unprecedented floods in Germany, and wildfires ravaging California, massive fires continue to destroy Indonesia's vital rainforests in order to clear land for commodity plantations. Rainforest Action Network (RAN) field investigators have uncovered connections between major brands and banks, including Procter and Gamble, Nestlé, Mondelēz, Unilever, major asian banks as well as Dutch bank ABN AMRO and the destruction of critical habitat of Sumatran elephants and orangutans. The complicity of these brands and banks in the deforestation of this lowland rainforest is due to their sourcing from, and financing of, the Royal Golden Eagle (RGE) group. The RGE Group is a large conglomerate, headed up by billionaire Mr. Sukanto Tanoto, which controls millions of acres of land used for both pulp and palm oil production. Doing business with forest destroyers and rights abusers makes Procter and Gamble complicit. RAN calls on Procter and Gamble to suspend sourcing from RGE and all its subsidiaries immediately. Take action and call P&G to suspend sourcing from the Royal Golden Eagle group.

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29.09.2021

On September 14th Greenpeace USA released a new report exposing that single-use plastic is linked to the world's largest Big Oil companies, like ExxonMobil, Shell, and Chevron. Every multinational food company, like Nestlé, Mondelēz, and Unilever buys packaging from manufacturers supplied with plastic resin or petrochemicals by one of the Big Oil companies. Nestlé and other consumer goods companies claim to tackle plastic pollution but they are working alongside the fossil fuel industry to perpetuate the big lie: that we can recycle our way out of the plastic crisis. Only two percent of the plastic waste ever created is recycled in any circular sense of the word. According to industry, plastic production could triple by 2050 if there is no ban on single-use plastics. This would increase global emissions from the plastic life cycle by over 50 percent on 2019 levels by 2030, equivalent to nearly 300 coal-fired power plants - locking the world into catastrophic emissions levels and a planet warmed beyond saving. Millions of people across the globe are taking action against big corporations to demand they end their reliance on single-use plastics - signing petitions, engaging local businesses, and working in their communities to build a future based on reuse. Tell big consumer brands, like Coca-Cola, Pepsi Co., and Nestlé, to stop fueling the climate crisis by breaking free from fossil fuels and investing in reuse and refill solutions.

25.08.2021

About 100 billion plastic bags are used in the U.S. each year. Walmart recently announced to get rid of plastic bags. Until now it is not clear what will replace the plastic bags. Walmart has announced its partnership with "Beyond the Bag", an initiative working to explore reusable options. Consumers should not hesitate to use reusable items. Reusable items do not pose a higher risk of transmission of the coronavirus and are perfectly safe for use during the crisis. The Shopping for Plastic 2021 ranking by Greenpeace shows that Walmart is not doing enough to reduce its plastic footprint. Instead of getting serious about reducing its truly massive contribution to the plastic pollution and climate crises, the world's largest retailer is misleading customers with labels stating that plastic items are recyclable when they are destined to be dumped or burned. In December 2020, Greenpeace sued Walmart for incorrectly labeling and advertising its throwaway plastic products and packaging as recyclable. Greenpeace is demanding that Walmart remove false and misleading labels stating that its disposable plastic products and packaging are recyclable, when they are not. Walmart should join its competitor Giant Eagle in committing to eliminate single-use plastics altogether.

22.07.2021

Mondelēz , the parent company of Cadbury, Milka, Toblerone, and other popular chocolate brands received one of the lowest scores from an international labor organization, nearly failing ethical standards because of its use of child labor in its supply chain. Mondelēz has promised to eradicate child labor, but its internal certification program "Cocoa Life" is not living up to its commitment to end child labor. Mondelēz says "Cocoa Life" is improving the lives of their cocoa farmers through education, providing clean water and ensuring gender equality. However, only 43% of its cocoa is certified as free from child labor. One way to cut down child labor in the chocolate industry is to boost the prices given to farmers. The government of Ghana and Ivory Coast implemented this idea. Since October 2020, the cocoa buyers have had to pay 400 USD per ton extra as a premium, a move that is expected to help farmers. In June this year, cocoa regulators of Ivory Coast reported that Mondelēz International, among other buyers, fails to pay the premium, after a recent upturn in economic activity. The regulators even warn that they will stop all certification programs of Mondelēz. It again shows that Mondelēz puts profits over people and doesn't really care about the cocoa farmers. Use the Buycott app to boycott Mondelēz products!

22.06.2021

Every year, more than 1.5 billion plastic bottles bearing the Vittel, Contrex or Hepar labels leave the Nestlé Waters factories around the town Vittel in France. With 245 million euros in sales and 900 jobs, Nestlé feels almighty. Since 2014 and the discovery of the first illegal plastic dump, Nestlé hasn't done anything. Only recently, after media attention was drawn on two newly discovered dumps the Swiss polluting giant, in a desperate communication move, has admitted the existence of 9 illegal dumps in total on the grounds of its Vittel water factories. The soil around the dump is contaminated, but even worse is the potential pollution of the region's water supply. The same water that's bottled and sold as Vittel, Contrex and Hepar mineral water. The powerful multinational Nestlé doesn't care about laws, the environment, or the people. In 2020, as a result of massive mobilization and media attention, Nestlé's environmentally destructive water pipeline project in Vittel was stopped. Use the Buycott app to boycott Nestlé products!

06.05.2021

There are companies like Nestlé that attract scandals like light the flies. And then there are multinational corporations like Unilever who do basically the same as their competitors, but on which critical allegations do not stick. Unilever is even praised by major international environmental organizations like WWF for its environmental commitment. How can that happen, despite Unilever being one of the largest palm oil consumers in the world? Unilever's greenwash communication primarily relies on the RSPO (Roundtable of Sustainable Palm Oil) certification scheme. Unilever admits that the global palm oil production causes serious problems, but also points out that these can be solved with the help of the RSPO. Unilever responded to environmental concerns in 2010 with its Sustainable Living Plan. The company promised to purchase all palm oil from sustainable sources by 2015. Unfortunately, by 2015 it had only achieved sustainable sourcing for 19% of its palm oil. Unilever opted to offset the majority of its palm oil through purchases with "GreenPalm Certificates", sold by the RSPO. In a survey of WWF in 2020, Unilever came out on rank 34 only, showing little progress on phasing out unsustainable palm oil from supply chains. Unilever - like other multinational food brands - failed to achieve the goal to phase out deforestation through the use of sustainable palm oil by 2020. After ten years of inaction and greenwashing, Unilever just postponed this goal further to 2023. It's time to take real action. Use the Buycott app to boycott Unilever products!

29.03.2021

Cattle ranching in Brazil is the leading driver of deforestation-related carbon emissions across Latin America, according to research published in Global Environmental Change. Brazilian meatpacking giant JBS presents the highest deforestation risk of the nation's leading beef companies. Being under pressure from investors, the world's largest meat producer JBS on March 23, 2021, announced a commitment to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2040 and zero deforestation across its global supply chain by 2035. The deadlines are woefully inadequate. We cannot afford to wait another 14 years to put an end to Amazon destruction. It is clear that, unless Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro stops his support for farmers clearing forests for pastureland, the crisis is likely to continue. Meanwhile, International Criminal Court has approved the petition of the Arns Commission (a human rights body), demanding an investigation into Bolsonaro's assaults on indigenous human rights connected with deforestation.

18.02.2021

Tony's Chocolonely - the makers of slave-free chocolate bars - launched their limited edition "Sweet Solution" at UK supermarkets in January. The controversial edition identifies KitKat (Nestlé), Twix (Mars), Toblerone (Mondelēz) and Ferrero Rocher (Ferrero) in similar pack designs. The offer was dropped after one day in stores due to pressure from the affected chocolate companies. The four look-alike chocolate bars are designed to raise awareness that 20 years after the chocolate industry promised to eradicate illegal child labour, it is still widely prevalent. The eye-catching stunt follows the release of the US Government sponsored NORC Report from 2020 that points to the cocoa industry's failure to address numerous human rights violations in Ghana and Cote d'Ivoire. Over 1.56 million children and at least 30,000 victims of modern slavery are forced to work on cocoa plantations. Big chocolate companies, including Nestlé, Mondelēz, Cargill and Barry Callebaut, are now confronted with a lawsuit alleging child slavery claimes in Cote d'Ivoire. It is the first time that a class action of this kind has been filed against the cocoa industry in a US court. In 2001, these companies signed the 'Harkin-Engle Protocol' in which they promised to stop using child labour by 2005. Instead, they have asked for extensions of time and now claim that by 2025 they will reduce by 70% their reliance on child labour. Rather than make progress, their use of child labour is actually getting worse.

13.01.2021

Corporate America is now frantically trying to distance itself from Trump after a mob whipped up by Trump invaded the Capitol. These gestures come after four years of enabling Trump's anti-democratic practices. While Trump moved steadily along the path to authoritarianism, large companies allowed themselves to be bought off with tax giveaways and regulatory rollbacks. German chemical and pharmaceutical giant BAYER invested around 500,000 USD in the US election campaign with a clear preference for the Republican candidates. BAYER benefited from Trump's retrograde environmental policies, especially the efforts to roll back limits on greenhouse gas emissions. The MONSANTO takeover also met the goodwill of the US President. Moreover, Trump provided BAYER with support in matters of "glyphosate". Government agencies intervened in a compensation process in favor of BAYER and, through massive political pressure, dissuaded Thailand from enforcing a planned glyphosate ban. On their way out the door, officials such as Andrew Wheeler of the EPA are trying to limit the options the Biden Administration will have to restore pollution controls. In August 2019, Andrew Wheeler refused to approve product labels warning glyphosate - the active ingredient in Roundup, a weedkiller owned by its MONSANTO subsidiary - is a carcinogen. This happened at a time when BAYER was inundated with lawsuits claiming Roundup caused several thousand cancer incidents.

26.11.2020

Mondelēz International, the parent company of Cadbury, Nabisco, Oreo, Ritz and other major food brands, still uses palm oil in the majority of their products despite it being one of the most unsustainable vegetable oils in existence, linked to deforestation in Indonesia. Mondelēz and the other big multinational food companies, have destroyed an area of rainforest almost twice the size of Singapore between 2015 and 2018. Mondelēz and other companies in the Consumer Goods Forum (CGF), a corporate alliance of food and household goods producers, had promised that by 2020, they would stop sourcing palm oil from producers that destroy rainforests. Deforestation is one of the biggest overall threats to the climate and is responsible for the decline of hundreds of species. Orangutans are heavily endangered, with the possibility of going extinct in just a few short years, and a large part of this is due to the growth and expansion of the palm oil industry. Mondelēz have largely outsourced the implementation of their non-deforestation policies to the Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO). However, the RSPO's weak standards and its failure to stop producer members abusing those standards, are significant factors in the palm oil industry's continued destruction of rainforest. Unsurprisingly, Mondelēz is supplied by palm oil traders like Wilmar International and Indofood who continue to sell palm oil contaminated by forest destruction. Consumers are becoming more aware of this and started to boycott Mondelēz International until the company phases out the use of palm oil and switches to more environmentally sound vegetable oils.

28.10.2020

McDonald's announced it will be closing around 200 US stores before the end of the year amid a slump in profits due to the coronavirus pandemic. Thanks McDonald's! This is good news for the planet. McDonald's is one of the last large chain fast food restaurants that does not offer vegan or plant-based options in the US, which is surprising considering the growing meat-less trend that is gaining momentum across the country - with one-quarter of Americans saying they are trying to eat more plant-based foods. Even McDonald's fries in the US are not vegan because they contain beef fat. McDonald's continuously promote meat products, encouraging people to eat meat more often, which wastes more and more food resources. Seven million tons of grain fed to livestock produces only one million tons of meat. McDonald's has been losing profits and closed hundreds of stores in the last years. More people are aware that the chain exploits million of animals: nearly 300 million chickens are slaughtered for the chain each year. Considering having McDonald's for breakfast? Think again. Not only does one large egg contain more than 200 milligrams of cholesterol, hens used for eggs are stuck inside filthy, cramped cages and can't stretch even a single wing.

13.09.2020

JBS is the world's biggest meat packing company and single biggest supplier of beef. JBS has been repeatedly linked to suppliers found to be engaging in illegal deforestation in the region and operating illegally on protected Indigenous lands. Growing international demand for beef has become a key driver in the destruction of the Amazon rainforest. Deforestation is directly linked to a handful of major food corporations. The EU imports more than 600 million USD worth of beef from Brazil each year. And that will increase if the EU and member states approve the new Mercosur trade deal with Brazil, Uruguay, Argentina and Paraguay to gradually let 99,000 tonnes of low-tariff South American beef into Europe every year. In July 2020, Amnesty International, with Réporter Brasil, revealed that cattle illegally grazed in protected areas of the Amazon state of Rondonia had entered the JBS supply chain. JBS' inability to control its Brazilian beef supply chains is responsible for deforestation in the Amazon and the loss of lands belonging to indigenous people. We will hold JBS accountable. Netzdemo Portal announced an online protest in support of the campaign #AmazonCeaseFire against JBS meat industries on September 25th, 2020. Join the online protest!

25.08.2020

Europe faces a potential water shortage for the third year in a row as 2020 continues to be one of the warmest years on record around the globe. Groundwater sources are an important reserve for the future and should remain untouched. But the greed of bottling companies like Nestlé are acquiring more water sources. The picture is the same all over the planet - the remaining unpolluted waters are increasingly in the hands of a few companies. Nestlé, owner of the Vittel and Contrex brands, is now facing a mounting series of problems in north-east France where it obtains its supplies for those mineral waters. Nestlé has drawn 800 million litres of water annually for the past 30 years. The aquifer has been unable to replace the 3.5 centimetres of water removed annually. The French government considered building a pipeline from a neighbouring community to bring water to the citizens of Vittel. That plan would have allowed Nestlé to continue draining the aquifer. However, in October 2019, the French government announced it would limit Nestlé's water extraction in Vittel and cancel the water pipeline. In July 2020, consumer and environmental groups started legal action against Nestlé for extracting water from certain boreholes without authorisation, and have accused the authorities of favouring the giant corporation over the needs of local people. For instance, between 2007 and 2017 Nestlé removed more than 900,000 cubic meters of water from one of the boreholes without having a permit and then sold it under the name Contrex. Use the Buycott app to boycott Nestle products!

23.07.2020

The private meat company Tönnies is under pressure after a massive coronavirus outbreak at their slaughterhouse in Rheda-Wiedenbrück (Germany). The business was closed and another lockdown was imposed on the two local disctricts where meat factories of the company are located. The meat factory remained closed until July 17. Theoretically, contamination of meat or meat products with corona viruses during slaughter or during meat cutting and processing is possible, even though there is no evidence yet. On July 4, Several members of the alliance Gemeinsam gegen die Tierindustrie ("Together Against the Animal Industry") have occupied the slaughterhouse in Rheda-Wiedenbrück. The activists unrolled a banner with the words "Shut down animal industry" from the roof of the plant. New data shows that the coronavirus pandemic is sparking the biggest fall in meat consumption in decades all around the world. According to FAO, the per capita consumption of meat is set to drop to the lowest levels in nine years. Earlier in April, meat processing plants in the U.S. and around the world began shutting down due to outbreaks of coronavirus, forcing farmers to inhumanely cull millions of animals while consumers are left with shortages on shelves and food banks run dry. With the economic downturn expected to wipe out as many as 2.2 million restaurants globally, it is likely that families everywhere will be consuming far less meat simply because they are cooking more of their own meals.

05.06.2020

The Danish meat giant Danish Crown produces huge amounts of pork from pigs fed with soy that has come from deforested areas in South America. Soybean cultivation and cattle ranching are primary drivers of deforestation in tropical forests and savannahs of South America. The Amazon Soy Moratorium, which was first agreed in 2006, helped to greatly reduce soy-driven deforestation in the Amazon. A new report - "How the Sausage Gets Made" - from Rainforest Foundation Norway, Mighty Earth in the United States, and Forests of the World in Denmark investigates the connection between Danish Crown's soy imports and environmental destruction in South America. Danish Crown is one of the largest exporters of pigs in the world and one of Europe's largest pork producers, slaughtering millions of pigs every year. Through a number of subsidiaries, including Tulip Ltd., Danish Crown markets its products in over 130 countries. The company must take immediate action to exclude deforestation-linked soy from its supply chain and demand all upstream suppliers become deforestation-free. This means that Danish Crown must suspend its contracts with companies like Cargill, ADM and Bunge unless they commit to becoming deforestation-free in all their operations.

07.05.2020

Coca-Cola creates the biggest plastic pollution footprint in six developing countries: China, India, the Philippines, Brazil, Mexico and Nigeria. The drinks giant creates 200,000 tonnes of plastic waste - or about 8 billion bottles - which is burned or dumped each year in the six countries: enough to cover 33 football pitches every day, a new report of the charity NGO Tearfund reveals. The four global drinks giants Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, Nestlé and Unilever together are responsible for more than half a million tonnes of plastic pollution in those countries. The burning of the plastics that the beverage companies have put on the market amount to 4.6 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent each year, contributing to climate change and harming the health of the world's poorest people. It is very convenient for the world's worst plastic polluter Coca-Cola to insist that people want their single-use plastic around. The solution is not to simply swap one throwaway material for another or continue to fall back on recycling. The solution is for Coca-Cola and other consumer goods giants to rethink how they're bringing products to people, centering systems of reuse and package-free options. We cannot afford the levels of inaction that Coke has shown thus far. Soon, the company will realize just how sick and tired people are of its plastic addiction.

06.04.2020

Global companies have made commitments to stop deforestation by 2020, but instead, forest loss has accelerated, and commodity-driven deforestation is the highest driver. According to a recent Greenpeace report, multinational consumer goods companies such as Mondelēz, have been affiliated with palm oil suppliers that have been linked to forest burning in Indonesia in 2019. Greenpeace recently stepped back from a process with Mondelēz, Unilever, and Wilmar to create a monitoring platform for Indonesian palm oil due to their repeated failures to take the necessary action to achieve zero deforestation. Companies have created a facade of sustainability. Despite the sustainability pledges that these multinational giants have given, these findings suggest a huge gap between corporate commitments and the reality of operations in their supply chain. Mondelēz - maker of Oreo, Milka and Cadbury - purchases 0.5% of global palm oil production. In 2014 Mondelēz adopted a "no deforestation, no peat, no exploitation" (NDPE) policy, restricting the company to sourcing palm oil that does not involve deforestation, loss of peatland, child labor or violation of human rights. The palm oil traders Wilmar International, Cargill, Musim Mas, and Golden-Agri Resources (GAR) have extensive links to the fires in Indonesia and together supply more than three-quarters of global palm oil. Mondelēz's supply chain still relies on Wilmar International, the world's largest refiner and trader of palm oil. Wilmar International totally failed to break its links to rainforest destruction. Palm oil suppliers to Mondelēz have also been accused of child labor, exploitation of workers, illegal deforestation, forest fires and land grabbing. As consumers, we need to stop purchasing from these very brands to make our voices heard that we will not tolerate irresponsible corporate behaviour.

10.02.2020

Palm oil is a highly controversial ingredient of many food products and detergents, often connected to rainforest destruction, release of greenhouse gases, and exploitation of Indigenous Peoples, local communities and workers. 2020 stands as a critical year for international food companies to deliver on their promises to eliminate human rights abuses and forest destruction from their palm oil supply chains. Unilever, the world's largest single buyer of palm oil, has made some progress through its investments in establishing collaborative deforestation monitoring systems and innovative ways to track the source of the palm oil it uses. Kellogg's, General Mills and Mondelēz are performing the worst, with only minimal actions being reported to consumers concerned about the use of unsustainable palm oil to manufacture their cereals, chocolates, and candies. General Mills committed to a responsible palm oil policy - one decade ago. It is now lagging behind the other multinational food companies, promising to do more in 2020 to monitor deforestation in its supply chain. Kellogg's stands out as the worst performer for its failure to undertake significant implementation. Kellogg's has relied on increasing its use of Roundtable of Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) certified palm oil. Kellog's claims all its palm oil is 100% certified "as RSPO mass balance". But the RSPO still certifies as "sustainable" the illegal palm oil from companies like Indofood. Cereal makers Kellogg's and General Mills source illegal palm oil from the Leuser Ecosystem in Indonesia, responsible for destroying rainforests and killing orangutans. Demand more action from Kellogg's and General Mills now! In the UK, two sisters have started a petition to ban the use of palm oil in Kellogg's - You can still sign it here!

19.12.2019

As we count down to the 2020 Summer Olympics, the limelight is on Nissin Foods. Nissin, inventor of instant noodles - including Cup Noodles and Top Ramen - is a major sponsor of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Nissin uses nearly 20,000 tons of palm oil each year in the US alone! Nissin still fails to adopt a truly responsible palm oil policy or cut ties with bad actors that clear rainforests, peatlands and abuse the rights of communities and workers in the palm oil sector. According to Rainforest Action Network (RAN), the failure of Nissin to take action may be contributing to the destruction of the Leuser Ecosystem - the last place on Earth where elephants, tigers, rhinos and orangutans roam together in the wild. Join the RAN countdown plan to give Nissin the world's attention that it wants as an Olympic partner. Here's the plan:
STEP 1: Head over to Nissin's Facebook page and paste this response into a comment:

Hey @Nissin, the world is watching! Your @OriginalCupNoodles may be causing oodles of destruction to rainforests. The countdown is on for you to get Conflict Palm Oil out of your ingredients. https://www.ran.org/Tokyo2020Olympics


STEP 2: Then click this link and you'll automatically create a Tweet calling out Nissin:

Hey Nissin, #CutConflictPalmOil from your @OrigCupNoodles for the @Tokyo2020 Olympics! https://www.ran.org/Tokyo2020Olympics #DeforestationFree #PalmOil @WeAreTopRamen #CupNoodles #1YearToGo


STEP 3: Ask your friends to join in and repeat!

08.11.2019

Nearly two decades ago, the biggest chocolate companies, Mars, Nestlé and Hersey pledged to stop using cocoa harvested by children. In 2001, following a public outrage, the big chocolate companies and Ivory Coast signed the Harkin-Engel Protocol. This was an agreement to end "the worst forms of child labor" and "forced labor," according to specific definitions from the International Labour Organization, in the chocolate industry. But the agreement was toothless from the start. Chocolate companies have set and missed deadlines to remove child labor from their cocoa supply chains - and now, they have indicated that they will once again miss the 2020 deadline. Close to two-thirds of the world's cocoa supply comes from West Africa, where 2 million children are engaged in hazardous work in the cocoa industry - either working on their parents' farms or with other trafficked children. Children, some as young as 10, who are sometimes purchased, bussed across borders to chocolate farms, and worked, without school, for under a dollar per day. There are plenty of possible solutions, but they all cost money, which the chocolate industry has been unwilling to pay. Farmers in Ghana, the Ivory Coast, Cameroon, Nigeria, Indonesia, Ecuador and a few other countries in Latin America produce almost all of the world's cocoa, but corporations like Nestlé and Pladis in the 100-billion-dollar-a-year chocolate industry want to get away with paying them pennies for their efforts. The governments of Ghana and Ivory Coast took the historic initiative to work together to raise the minimum cocoa price. This new West African cocoa price, about 2600 USD per tonne - more fair for farmers than even Rainforest Alliance - is a huge step towards ensuring farmers won't have to put their kids to work. Tell Nestlé and Pladis to follow the example of SucDen to support a fair price for cocoa farmers in West Africa and around the world! Then also tell Mars, Nestlé and Hersey: No more excuses.

07.10.2019

We've seen the reports about the devastating wildfires sweeping the Amazon, the world's largest tropical rainforest, in Brazil. The overall number of fires in the Amazon from January through September was 43 percent higher than the same period last year. A new study released by the Amazon Environmental Research Institute (IPAM) blames deforestation, not drought, as the main driver for the summer fires, which now top more than 90,000 across the Amazon. Jair Bolsonaro, the president of Brazil, who took office in January after a year of campaigning on promises of opening the rainforest for development, has continously downplayed the severity of the fires and declined assistance from foreign countries in controlling them. The Amazon is still on fire and that's no accident. Bolsonaro wants to burn it down to turn the land into industrial farms - threatening wildlife, the lives of Indigenous Peoples, and our chance to win the climate crisis. Indigenous lands had largely been effective barriers against deforestation - their status is protected by the constitution. Bolsonaro has taken other measures, including defunding or reducing personnel from the agencies responsible for enforcing the protections. Now it is time to hold fast food giants McDonalds, Burger King, and KFC responsible. Everyone in the world can join the movement by telling Burger King, McDonald's, and KFC to ensure their goods are not linked to Amazon destruction. KFC buys chicken from Brazil which ends up in its UK outlets. Not only does Burger King buy beef directly from Brazil, it is owned by a Brazilian billionaire through the company 3G Capital. And in August 2016, McDonald's in Brazil began buying meat raised in the Amazon region for the first time since 1986 - after a gap of 30 years. Cargill is one of the two largest customers of industrial scale deforestation for soy production in Brazil and Bolivia, according to Mighty Earth 2017-report. Although Cargill and its customer McDonald's agreed to a moratorium on clearing the Brazilian Amazon for soy in 2006, Cargill continues to finance land-clearing operations deep in virgin forest, building silos and roads, then buying and shipping grain to the US, China, and Europe to feed chickens, pigs, and cows.

27.08.2019

In June 2019, Cargill, the largest privately-owned company in the United States, announced that they would "fall short" of their 2020 commitment to eliminate deforestation from their supply chains. Cargill has continued to incentivise deforestation, and now stands poised to embrace the dawning of a Jair Bolsonaro-era free-for-all in Brazil's forests. In a report published by the American NGO "Mighty Earth" in July 2019, the environmental group lays out their arguments for why precisely Cargill has earned the new title of "Worst Company in the World". Indigenous peoples who depend on forests have had their land encroached upon by Cargill-linked soy plantations in Brazil. They have been forced off of their traditional lands and have experienced sharp increases in cancer, birth defects, miscarriages and other illnesses linked to pesticides and herbicides used to grow soy - often sprayed by planes directly overhead. McDonald's is probably Cargill's largest and most important customer. McDonald's restaurants are essentially storefronts for Cargill. Cargill not only provides chicken and beef to McDonald's, they prepare and freeze the burgers and McNuggets, which McDonald's simply reheats and serves. Burger King's practice of selling meat linked to Cargill and other forest destroyers has earned the fast food giant a 'zero' on the Union of Concerned Scientists deforestation scorecard. The Dutch company Ahold Delhaize operates 6,500 stores under 21 local brands in 11 countries. They have recently entered into a partnership with Cargill to provide Ahold Delhaize with store-branded beef, ground pork and prepared meats. The report underscores the importance of informed everyday customer decision making. The majority of Cargill products are implemented right at the beginning of the production chain. There's simply no telling whether the wheat found in bread or sweetener used in drinks trace back to the agriculture corporation. Here's what you can do: Buy organic - at best from your local organic farmers market association. Drink tap water and make your own lemonade or juice yourself. Boycott companies like Nestlé, Unilever, Mondelēz, McDonald's and Burger King until they stop buying from Cargill.

25.04.2019

Likely due to the Walmart influence on apparel manufacturing, Americans are throwing away 83 pounds of textiles, mostly old clothing, each year - four times as much as they did in the 1980. Today Walmart says it wants to reduce the amount of pollution involved in making some of the stuff it sells. In October 2005, the former Walmart CEO, Lee Scott, in a speech on "21st century leadership" has set three bold goals: 1) To be supplied 100 percent by renewable energy. 2) To create zero waste. 3) To sell products that sustain our resources and environment. So how's the biggest US retailer doing? Top 1 renewable energy: currently, 26 percent of Walmart's electricity globally is supplied by renewable energy. However US EPA reports, only 4% of the company's power comes from renewable sources. In the absence of green energy Walmart relies upon coal-fired electricity. Walmart's greenhouse gas emissions are growing, not shrinking. Between 2005 and 2014, its global climate change emissions grew from 18.9 to 21.9 million metric tons. Top 2 zero waste: in the United States Walmart diverted 82.4 percent of its waste in 2014 across stores and distribution centers. The company says it's on target to eliminate all landfill waste from U.S. Walmart by 2025. Although Walmart has pledged to create zero waste, Walmart and other retailers are selling lower quality goods than they used to. This is in large part thanks to Walmart, whose relentless drive to cut costs has pushed suppliers to make cheap goods that must be replaced more frequently. Top 3 greener products: Walmart's approach to product sustainability, the "Sustainability Index" wants to encourage suppliers to continuously improve the sourcing and manufacturing of their products and packaging. Walmart's sustainability campaign has helped improving its public image, enabling the company to grow bigger and faster. Ironically, even if Walmart does succeed in reducing the resources used to make a T-shirt or a television set, those gains will be more than outstripped by growth in the number of T-shirts and TVs we are consuming.

05.03.2019

In February, the US Department of Justice announced its formal go-ahead for the Bayer-Monsanto merger. Monsanto is now property of the German chemical and pharmaceutical giant Bayer, and its name has ceased to exist. The name Monsanto has been synonymous with GMOs, glyphosate and seed patents, along with all the consequences these have on farmers. By choosing to acquire Monsanto, Bayer also gained a rather infamous reputation - and potential future liability - now cascading throughout its entire product line. With the purchase of Monsanto last year, weed killer Roundup becomes a brand owned by Bayer. As the active ingredient in Roundup and hundreds of other herbicides, glyphosate represents billions of dollars in annual revenues, and is prominently used by farmers as an aid in food production, by cities for keeping public parks and playgrounds weed free, and by homeowners who want a tidy lawn. But the chemical was deemed a probable human carcinogen by the World Health Organization's cancer experts in 2015 in a finding that has since triggered waves of liability lawsuits against Bayer-Monsanto. As their first action before court, Bayer filed to appeal in the case of Dewayne Johnson, who claimed repeated use of Roundup gave him the non-Hodgkin lymphoma. But Judge Suzanne Bolanos upheld the verdict while significantly slashing the punitive damages to reduce Johnson's total compensation from 289 to 78 million US. The next plaintiff Bayer faces is Edwin Hardeman, in a trial with U.S. District Judge Vince Chaabria in San Francisco, which began February 25. Hardeman's is the leading case in a multi-district litigation of hundreds of similar cases which are legally linked, but will be heard separately. Bayer is confronted with a total of more than 9,300 lawsuits in the United States. Glyphosate is under particular scrutiny in Europe. In France, authorities in January banned a form of the herbicide, Roundup Pro 360. In Germany, from 2020, farmers will be required to set aside 10 percent of their farmland to protect biological diversity if they want to use glyphosate and similar herbicides, the government announced last autumn.

18.01.2019

Starbucks has a very big problem with disposable cups. The coffee chain serves more than 4 billion to-go cups annually but most of them end up in the landfill. Why? The cups themselves are made from high-quality paper that could be recycled several times, but the 100% oil-based polyethylene plastic linings clog the recycling machines and are not compostable. Many discarded cups and waste from the cup-manufacturing process end up in China, but they're not recycled there, either they just get landfilled. Back in 2008, Starbucks pledged to make a 100% recyclable paper cup and sell 25% of drinks in reusable cups by 2015. To date, Starbucks has failed to produce a 100% recyclable paper cup, and currently serves only 1.4% of drinks in reusable cups. Starting in 2018 - the world's largest coffee chain is testing recyclable coffee cups in UK stores. The new cups are made of 100% recycled, chemical-free paper and lined with a plastic film that can easily be removed by standard recycling facilities. It seems counterintuitive that Starbucks is clumsy in its adoption of more sustainable practices, given its vast access to capital for research and development. But creating a sustainable disposable cup is much harder than most people think. With operations in 75 countries, Starbucks faces a patchwork of recycling infrastructure and market conditions. Despite knowing its environmental impact, Starbucks has pledged to dramatically expand its presence in Asia in 2018 - with no plan to address its plastic waste. Starbucks cups, lids, and iconic green straws make up a visible portion of the catastrophic plastic pollution in our oceans. Tell Starbucks to avoid single-use plastic. Bring Your Own Tumbler - Starbucks rewards the use of your own mug with a discount on coffee!

21.10.2018

Mondelēz International, the company behind Oreo cookies and Ritz crackers, continues to source palm oil linked to deforestation in Indonesia, according to a Greenpeace report. This happens despite the U.S. food giant's series of commitments and policies to sourcing sustainable palm oil, a commodity found in items ranging from ice cream and laundry detergent to cosmetics and biofuels. The investigation by Greenpeace International found that between 2015 and 2017, 22 of Mondelēz's palm oil suppliers cleared more than 700 square kilometers of rainforest, a large part of it constituted the habitat of critically endangered orangutans. Half of the Bornean orangutan population has been wiped out in just 16 years, with habitat destruction by the palm oil industry a leading driver. In 2014 Mondelēz adopted a "no deforestation, no peat, no exploitation" (NDPE) policy, restricting the company to sourcing palm oil that does not involve deforestation, loss of peatland, child labor or violation of human rights. Mondelēz's supply chain still relies on Wilmar International, the world's largest refiner and trader of palm oil. Wilmar International totally failed to break its links to rainforest destruction. Following an intensive global campaign by Greenpeace to end to deforestation for palm oil, Wilmar International, has published a detailed action plan on 10 December 2018 to map and monitor all of its suppliers. If implemented, this would put the palm oil giant, which supplies 40 % of the world's palm oil, one step closer to finally eliminating deforestation from its supply chain and would have a major impact on the rest of the industry. Over a 1.3 million people have signed our petition asking Oreo to stop buying palm oil from forest destroyers. Join them!

21.10.2018

The world's biggest packaged food company, Nestlé, said it would focus on eliminating non-recyclable plastics, encourage the use of plastics that allow better recycling rates and eliminate or change complex combinations of packaging materials. According to Greenpeace, the announcement of Nestlé is greenwashing because the multinational company is missing out on giving clear quantitative targets on the reduction of plastic waste. Greenpeace teaming up with various local organizations assessed how large corporations and brands contribute to plastic pollution in the oceans: a global initiative comprising 239 plastic cleanups in 42 countries found that five corporations - Nestlé, Tim Hortons, PepsiCo, The Coca-Cola Company and McDonald's - accounted for 46 per cent of branded plastic trash collected in the cleanups. Coca-Cola was assessed to be the worst plastic polluter worldwide as well as within North America, where it was followed by PepsiCo and Nestlé, in that order. Developing countries, such as the Philippines, run on a 'sachet economy', which encourages people of buying short-lived consumer goods in small quantities. This drives market and profit share for most companies by making it more accessible to people with limited incomes. But the low-value single-use plastic sachets are not collected by waste pickers and usually are scattered around as litter in the streets and end up as marine debris. The Philippines is the third biggest source of plastic ocean pollution because global corporations are selling cheap, disposable plastics, rather than finding solutions to the plastic problem. Recycling does not solve the problem of plastic pollution, because the recyclability of a product does not necessarily reduce the likelihood of it being thrown away. The only way to curb plastic pollution is by stopping corporations from producing single-use plastics in the first place.

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