Greenpeace praises Nestle's move to stop using products linked to Indonesia's deforestation

08:45, May 18, 2010      

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International environment conservancy campaigner organization Greenpeace praised the move taken by Nestle, the world's biggest food and beverage firm that announced Monday its willingness to stop using products that come from rainforest destruction, a statement released by Greenpeace said on Monday.

The move follows a two-month Greenpeace campaign that exposed Nestle's use of palm oil in some of its products.

The expansion of palm oil and pulp plantations is driving the destruction of Indonesia's rainforests and peat lands, pushing endangered orang-utans to the brink of extinction, the statement said.

"We are delighted that Nestle plans to give orang-utans a break and we call on other international retailers to do the same. Since the beginning of our campaign, hundreds of thousands of people have contacted Nestle to say that they will not buy products linked to rainforest destruction," Pat Venditti, Greenpeace International Forest Campaign Head, said in the statement.

Under its new policy, Nestle commits to identify and exclude companies from its supply chain that owns or manage 'high risk plantations or farms linked to deforestation'.



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