A Roadblock to Food Security; How Halting Land Conversion Threatens Food Security in Africa — A Palm Oil Case Study

November 2011 – Green Papers: Issue IX

Foreword by President J. A. Kufuor
Former President of the Republic of Ghana

Food security is the ability of individual households within a given population to access, at all times, the minimum food that they require for a healthy and active life. As global population continues to grow and developing nations continue to raise their populations’ standard of living, the pressure on global food supplies has increased. This paper addresses the challenge of global Continue reading

Trees Before Poverty; The World Bank’s Approach to Forestry and Climate Change

November 2011 – A World Growth Report

At the United Nations climate change conference in December 2009 in Copenhagen, the World Bank tabled a report recommending a global strategy to reduce the 17 per cent of global greenhouse emissions caused by deforestation and land use. The strategy consisted of curbing the forestry and agricultural sectors, and then substituting them with other industries. In other words, it presented a restructuring of the forestry and agricultural sectors. The Bank sought pledges to fund that strategy throughout and following UN conference based on the 17 per cent number, Continue reading

New Research Shows Costs of U.S. Trade Restrictions on Indonesian Exports

World renowned economist finds U.S. trade protections on coated paper products will cost Indonesian companies part of their U.S. market share and raise prices for U.S. consumers

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the pro-development NGO, World Growth, released a new study by Dr. Robert Shapiro, former Undersecretary of Commerce during the Clinton Administration and chairman of the economic advisory firm Sonecon, which concludes that trade restrictions imposed recently by the U.S. on certain coated paper products imported from Indonesia and China would have adverse effects on U.S. consumers. The analysis was released ahead of the one-year anniversary of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s issuance of anti-dumping and countervailing duty orders on coated paper product exports from China and Indonesia into U.S. markets. Continue reading

The Economic Impact of U.S. Trade Sanctions on Imports of Paper Products

September 2011 – A Study by Dr. Robert Shapiro and Sonecon, LLC, Commissioned by World Growth

In September 2009, three, large U.S.-based paper companies (NewPage Corporation, Appleton Coated and Sappi-North America) and the United Steelworkers Union (USW), filed complaints of unfair trade practices by Chinese and Indonesian coated paper producers with the International Trade Commission (ITC) of the U.S. Department of Commerce. This conflict between U.S. and foreign paper producers ignores the most basic features of the global paper market: nations expand their capacity to produce paper Continue reading

Abuse of Sustainability Standards; An Attack on Free Trade, Competition and Economic Growth

September 2011 – A Study by World Growth

The case to enhance sustainability is now being used to justify trade barriers, constraints on competition, denial of consumer choice and slower economic growth. In different spheres, governments, large corporations and NGOs are taking action which will produce these perverse results across a common set of industries and products. These are industries which have been selected by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) to advance its environmental ambitions. They include timber and paper, vegetable oils, seafood, beef and sugar. The European Commission and some of its leading members Continue reading

New Sustainability Strategies Threaten Food Security

NGO report reveals the danger of strategy to capture global food supply chains

Melbourne, Australia – In a new report released today the pro-development NGO, World Growth, exposed the breathtaking ambition of the world’s largest environmental NGO, the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), to control global supply chains of vital food products. WWF’s strategy threatens to restrict trade and business and undermines efforts to increase global food supplies.  The report – “Abuse of Sustainability Standards – An Attack on Free Trade, Competition and Economic Growth,” shows how WWF and major global food corporations like Unilever are working together to capture markets and dictate food standards in developing countries, while limiting consumer choice in rich countries. Continue reading

The Green Campaign in the Antipodes

The Green Campaign in the Antipodes
Special Edition on Australia / New Zealand; Examining the Greenpeace-WWF Anti-Business Campaign

Greenpeace Increases Activity in the South Pacific and Australasia

Greenpeace has significantly ramped up activity in Australia and Papua New Guinea (PNG).  New Zealand can also expect attention since the New Zealand authorities recently Continue reading

NGO to Western Retailers – CSR Policies Can Harm The Poor

World Growth Announces Global Program to Create Development-Friendly CSR Policies

WASHINGTON—World Growth today announced a global sustainability program to assist multinationals to create development-friendly Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programs.  World Growth has issued letters and a questionnaire to nine of the world’s leading retail and consumer goods companies surveying their CSR policies and warns that many leading Western retailers’ CSR policies will do more harm than good to developing countries. Continue reading

Palm Oil – The Green Development Oil Newsletter – Issue 14, July 2011

Australian Senate Endorses Green Global Campaign for Punitive Labelling of Palm Oil 

The Australian Senate has passed a Bill requiring mandatory labelling of products sold in Australia containing palm oil.  A Senate Committee opposed the Bill observing “almost every argument [in support of mandatory labelling] presented to the committee was Continue reading

“Carbon Footprint” Risks Misuse and Economic Damage, NGO Research Finds

Research Shows Carbon Footprint Concept Is Too Technically Uncertain To Determine Management Of Tropical Forest – Misapplication Could Harm Economic Development

WASHINGTON, DC – Pro-development NGO, World Growth, released research today demonstrating that “carbon footprint” criteria advocated by environmental non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to regulate carbon emissions from land use change in tropical forests is too uncertain to use.  Data is weak and provides contrary results.  Key concepts remain speculative.  Use of current criteria could unnecessarily restrict agricultural production and would not have a beneficial environmental impact. Continue reading