“..Greenpeace activists who have chained themselves to a ship carrying Indonesian palm kernel to New Zealand ..
.. are calling for the Prime Minister to halt imports of the product.
The protest comes with the use of palm oil and palm oil products under scrutiny over the level of destruction plantations cause to rainforests in Indonesia and Malaysia.
Palm oil is used in a wide variety of products from food and cosmetics to biofuel.
Greenpeace says the kernel was destined for Fonterra dairy farms where it is used as a supplementary stock feed.
Stuff.co.nz is seeking Fonterra comment.
Twelve activists have chained themselves to the East Ambition several kilometres from the port to prevent it from unloading, Greenpeace said.
Activist Jo McVeagh said Fonterra’s involvement in rainforest destruction was “criminal”.
“This ship’s cargo has contributed to the release of up to 364,000 tonnes of carbon emissions.
That’s the same as the emissions from 127,000 cars over a year.
Fonterra and John Key have taken no steps to stop this climate crime ..
.. which is why we’re taking action today.”
Greenpeace New Zealand climate campaigner Simon Boxer alleged that Fonterra had been misleading about its links to rainforest and climate destruction..
.. in Indonesia and Malaysia..”
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