RELEASE: WWF Confronted for Rainforest “Greenwashing” of “Sustainable” Palm Oil
By Earth's Newsdesk, a project of EcoInternet
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An Open Letter signed by more than 80 organizations from 31 countries was delivered yesterday to the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) [search] and to World Wildlife Fund (WWF) co-initiator of the initiative. In the letter, they are urged to end the "greenwashing" and certification of palm oil plantations as being "sustainable".
According to the Open Letter, palm oil companies certified by the RSPO are directly responsible for much social and environmental damage: dislocation of local populations' livelihoods, destruction of rainforests and peat lands, pollution of soils and water, and contribution to global warming. These are the reasons why "palm oil monoculture[s] are not and can never be sustainable and