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Infuriating: Orangutan v. Bulldozer on Borneo


Look deep at this photo for all it depicts — wildlife facing down human “progress.”  Who wins? Some backstory.  This picture was taken in 2013 but re-posted by my personal heroes International Animal Rescue on June 5 for World Environment … Continue reading

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UPDATE 06/21/2018 FINALLY! Palm Oil-Free Microwave Pop Corn!


    UPDATE 06/21/2018:  PALM DONE RIGHT IS Used in Quinn Popcorn. After I wrote the below piece, I discovered that Quinn Snacks does indeed have some products that DO use palm oil. At first I was disappointed but I … Continue reading

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Trader Joe’s – Can’t Guarantee Deforestation-Free Palm Oil


I have a pretty long history of hassling Trader Joe’s for their palm oil policy. It hasn’t always been pretty. But in 2015, they promised their palm oil was from South America, which, while still suspicious if deforesting, say, the … Continue reading

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UPDATE: 1/10/2018: Costco’s Darrell Lea’s Australian Liquorice Bites — Yes, They Contain Palm Oil


UPDATE: 1/10/2018:  A reader commented below that he just saw that Darrell Lea liquorice STILL contains palm oil despite the company’s promise to move away from the palm oil greed that is as addictive as opioids.  So I just wrote … Continue reading

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Hippie At Heart – A Deadhead Profile


Tim Randall thoughtfully surveyed the hundreds of hours of plastic concert cassette tapes neatly stacked before him in old, slightly idealized wooden crates, the kind apparently used to ship citrus back in the day. To him the tapes were nearly … Continue reading

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West Kalimantan Fadeaway


  WEST KALIMANTAN FADEAWAY The hairy, ginger-colored primate strutted awkwardly toward us, like an unsure toddler learning to walk, until he halted, squared himself up, and glared. His wondrous gaze of seeming defiance — long arms, the length of his … Continue reading

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Toosie Roll – Now Using Palm Oil?


Tootsie Roll has me stymied.  I thought they were one of the good guys on palm oil  Hell, it wasn’t just a few years ago where they were being held out as a paragon of palm oil virtue. In 2013, … Continue reading

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