1 Tahrcountry Musings: National Geographic runs in to controversy

Saturday, March 03, 2012

National Geographic runs in to controversy

Greenpeace says there is direct link between National Geographic Society (NGS) products and rainforest destruction in Indonesia.

According to greenpeace an analysis of National Geographic publications found Sumatran rainforest fibre from Asia Pulp and Paper (APP), a company that has gained notoriety for rain forest destruction. One of the products tested positive was the book Global Birding.

The report has put in a fix National Geographic Society known the world over for championing environmental and conservation issues.

National Geographic Society says while there may be a few books in their inventory that were printed on APP paper, they no longer use materials supplied by APP and have not sourced for several years. They now purchase paper from Verso Paper in Maine.

Other names in the report include Xerox, Wal-mart, Barnes and Noble, Parragon Publishing, and Danone.

Read the Greenpeace report HERE

Have a look at the video produced by Greenpeace


Ramesh said...

A we bit sad news

Mohan Alembath said...

I am sure that it was a genuine mistake on the part of National Geographic. It was a mistake by proxy. If they had known that the paper comes from doubtful sources they would not have touched it with a yard long pole.Give a thought to the yeoman service they have done to further the cause of conservation.But in the case of others mentioned in the report, I am not that sure. They are always driven by profit motive and definitely deserves a solid kick on the arse.
The aim of Greenpeace is not bitching or kicking up unnecessary controversy that serves no useful purpose. They want the erring companies to mend their ways.

Tara Jacob said...

Yep, Mohanji, you are spot on target. I am sure National Geographic will trad a safe path from here onward.