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Nanang Sujana / Rainforest Action Network

The Leuser Ecosystem is made up of some of the most important forests still standing today. Literally the last place on Earth where Sumatran orangutans, tigers, rhinos, sun bears and elephants still coexist in the wild, the 6.5 million acres of lush rainforests and steamy peat swamps of the Leuser Ecosystem are globally important for both their biodiversity, as well as the climate regulating effects such a large “carbon-sink” can have.

Elephants in the Lesuer ecosystem are threatened by deforestation at the hands of the palm-oil industry. (Photo: Paul Hilton / Rainforest Action Network)

Elephants in the Lesuer ecosystem are threatened by deforestation at the hands of the palm-oil industry. (Photo: Paul Hilton / Rainforest Action Network)

And yet, destructive industries are eating away at the Leuser Ecosystem bit by bit. Rainforest Action Network (RAN) has been a critical watchdog for the Leuser, and recently has raised the alarm not once, but twice, on a rogue palm oil company continuing to clear rainforests in the Leuser Ecosystem without a legal permit and against the national moratorium on further clearance for palm oil plantations.

Over the past few months, RAN has exposed how the palm oil from that company––PT. Agra Bumi Niaga (ABN)––makes its way through the global palm oil market into the products of many popular brands. Investigators have tracked the supply of oil palm fruit from this controversial plantation to nearby crude palm oil processing mill owned by PT. Ensem Sawita a supplier to six of the world’s largest palm oil traders—Wilmar, Musim Mas, Golden Agri-Resources (GAR), Cargill, IOI and ADM—which in turn supply global brands such as PepsiCo. RAN’s latest report exposes these actors who are involved in, or profiting from, the destruction of the Leuser Ecosystem and the shocking truth that, despite the wave of “No Deforestation” commitments that have been made by countless corporations, the global palm oil supply chain remains tainted with Conflict Palm Oil grown at the expense of the Leuser Ecosystem.

A truck full of harvested palm fruits on their way to be processed into oil. (Photo: Nanang Sujana / Rainforest Action Network)

A truck full of harvested palm fruits on their way to be processed into oil. (Photo: Nanang Sujana / Rainforest Action Network)

If more immediate action is not taken to enforce “No Deforestation” policies these brands will be remembered as the corporate giants responsible for the destruction of the last place on earth where Sumatran elephants, orangutans, rhinos and tigers roamed side by side.

The video below includes field footage of PT. ABN clearing rainforest for palm oil development. After watching the shocking short video, take action and demand companies stop using Conflict Palm Oil at ran.org/elephants_or_fries.

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