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Executive Director Mia MacDonald Quoted in Civil Eats Article 1/26/15

Executive Director Mia MacDonald was quoted in Advisory Board member Anna Lappe's article on Chatham House's recent study on peoples' understanding of climate change and food, particularly meat production. You can view the Civil Eats article here.

New Report Released by Brighter Green and the Global Forest Coalition on the Unsustainable Impacts of Livestock and Soybean Production in Paraguay 1/22/15

Brighter Green and the Global Forest Coalition, published a new report entitled, "Meat from a Landscape Under Threat: Testimonies of the Impacts of Unsustainable Livestock and Soybean Production in Paraguay". You can access the report here.

Brighter Green Featured in NYC Meatless Monday Press Release 1/22/15

Brighter Green and Executive Director Mia MacDonald were featured in NYC City Council Representative Helen Rosenthal's press release on the push for NYC to adopt the Meatless Monday campaign.

Executive Director Mia MacDonald Appears on Our Hen House's Highlight Reel Podcast Episode 1/10/15

Brighter Green Executive Director Mia MacDonald appears on Our Hen House's highlight reel episode on January 10th. The original TV episode can be viewed here.

East African Girls' Leadership Initiative Program Update 1/10/15

Brighter Green and Tribal Link released a January Program Update on the East African Girls' Leadership Initiative. You can access it here.

Brighter Green and Humane Society International Publish COP 20 Policy Recommendations 12/4/14

Brighter Green and Humane Society International published a policy recommendation document on animal agriculture and climate change for the COP 20 meeting in Lima, Peru. You can access the document here.

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Cargill in Tune with Nature?

May 13, 2010 9:17am

Greenwashed furniture foam

There's a curious ad in last month's Atlantic magazine. Courtesy of Cargill, the ad shows a sofa modeled after a field of soy, headlined with "This Sofa Design Coordinates with Everything.  Even Nature."  The caption underneath boasts of a new type of foam made from BiOH polyols, derived from soy, that "replace a portion of the petroleum-based ingredients for flexible foams."

If you travel to Brazil's Cerrado, the savannah grassland that borders the Amazon, and the site of more than half of Brazil's soy crop, 'nature' may likely be the last word that comes to mind.  Planted by Cargill and other large agribusinesses for animal feed, and now furniture foam, Brazilian soy is the poster child of habitat destruction and monoculture.  As much as 48 percent of the Cerrado has been cleared and replaced with row upon perfect row, for as far as the eye can see, of little green soy leaves punctuated by plastic yellow Round-up ready signs.

Considered a less glamorous cause than its neighbor the Amazon, the destruction of the Cerrado has occurred largely outside of the public's focus.  An interesting oversight, as the Cerrado is at least as biodiverse as the Amazon, is disappearing at twice the rate of the Amazon, and the global warming potential of the carbon dioxide emissions stemming from its destruction may even be greater than those coming from the Amazon. If the destruction of the Cerrado continues at the present rate, it is expected to disappear completely by 2050.  While Cargill boasts that its BiOH polyol production in Brazil does not contribute to the deforestation of the Amazon, it mentions nothing of how its activities affect the Cerrado. Thanks for the innovative thinking Cargill, but this is not what nature intended.