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The Alberta Enterprise Group (AEG) is calling for a boycott of Chiquita Brands International after it agreed to avoid fuels derived from oilsands crude.
ForestEthics announced Thursday it was working with the company to eliminate shipping of Chiquita bananas with fuel from refineries that use the crude.
“This is greenwashing at its worst. What we have here is a company that has such a terrible human rights record around the world that’s desperate to shine the spotlight on someone else,” said David MacLean, AEG’s vice-president of communications and policy. “Remember, this is a company that pleaded guilty to funding terrorist groups in Colombia and paid a $25 million fine in the United States.”
He added it is now the subject of an historic lawsuit by the families of thousands of Colombians who died at the hands of terrorist groups in that country.
Meanwhile, the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) is calling on Chiquita to provide a social responsibility report on alternatives to Canadian crude and then explain its decision, CAPP spokesman Travis Davies said .
“We’ve got a really good record of continuous improvement on both environmental and social performance that stands up to any jurisdiction, obvious marketing aside,” he added.
“Canada’s tarsands is all risk and no benefit for leading American brands like Chiquita that are resolved to reduce environmental problems, so they are working hard to get tarsands out of their transportation footprint,” said Aaron Sanger of ForestEthics.
At Chiquita’s recent annual conference with trucking companies, CEO Fernando Aguirre announced the company’s new process to ensure that fuel from refineries using oilsands crude is not being used for ground transportation of Chiquita products, according to the ForestEthics announcement.
The Ohio-based company announced last month its intention to relocate its head office to Charlotte, N.C., to make its operations more efficient.
Chiquita accounts for roughly one-quarter of the United States’ banana market, and the millions of bananas it sells every day arrive at stores in diesel-fuelled and refrigerated heavy-duty vehicles, said the announcement.
“Chiquita is joining other companies, cities, farmers, workers and many others in drawing the line at tarsands,” Susan Casey-Lefkowitz of the Natural Resources Defense Council said.
ForestEthics said it has identified nearly 50 U.S. refineries already using synthetic oil derived from the oilsands to make trucking fuel.
ForestEthics claims oilsands crude is produced by one of the most energy-intensive and “greenhouse gas spewing” extraction processes in history.
Out of the 90 plus oilsands operations in Alberta, only about five are mines with the remainder using varying forms of in-situ processes.
“Thoughtful companies that have been targeted by ForestEthics in the past have reconsidered their decisions to single out oilsands after coming to understand the facts. I would point to Bed, Bath & Beyond, Gap, Timberland (and) Levis as recent examples,” noted Davies.
Oilsands crude has similar CO2 emissions to other heavy oils and is 6% more intense than the U.S. crude supply average on a wells to wheels basis, reports CAPP’s Upstream Dialogue. Since 2007, government regulations on GHG emissions have resulted in reductions of 23 megatonnes, the same as taking 4.8 million cars off the road.
With 0.5% of the world’s population, Canada produces 2% of global GHGs. Oilsands account for 6.5% of Canada’s GHG emissions and 0.1% — 1/1,000th — of global GHGs.
According to Environment Canada, when comparing GHG emissions by sector, transportation accounts for the largest chunk with 27.5%.
Davies pointed out that statements such as the one made by Kate Colarulli of The Sierra Club calling oilsands crude the dirtiest oil on Earth reveal a certain lack of understanding or attempts to mislead the public.
“Whether you’re looking at GHGs or water performance or social performance, Canadian oilsands stack up very well. Our whole goal is continuous improvement; we’re going to keep that going forward. California heavy, more GHG intensive; Venezuelan, Nigerian the same, and take a look at their social records as well,” he challenged.
The reality is that energy derived from the Canadian oilsands is high quality, conflict free, heavily regulated and transparent, added MacLean.
“Chiquita should educate itself about global energy supply and the Canadian oilsands. Until these companies get up to speed on the facts, Canadians should take their business elsewhere.”
EDMONTON: Alberta Enterprise Group (AEG) is urging all Canadians to boycott international brand Chiquita Bananas in light of their decision to boycott energy derived from the Canadian Oil Sands under the banner of San Francisco-based environmental group Forest Ethics.
“The reality is that energy derived from the Canadian oil sands is high quality, conflict free, heavily regulated and transparent,” said AEG President Tim Shipton. “Turning your back on Canadian oil means more barrels of oil produced by the likes of Saudi Arabia, Venezuela and Nigeria. A company like Chiquita, which ships bananas around the world and burns more fossil fuels than some small countries, ought to know better.”
Oil sands crude is 50 per cent of the crude oil supply in western Canada, mixing with conventional sources — all of which is refined into liquid transportation fuels such as gasoline and diesel fuel.
The US Midwest is also highly dependent on western Canadian crude with one-third of the crude supply in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, and Wisconsin coming from Western Canada. In 2009-10 the oil sands industry had $11.5 billion impact on the United States economy and created 172,000 person years of employment.
Across Canada, some 112,000 jobs are directly or indirectly supported by the oil sands industry. In 2009 Oil Sands companies contracted $810 million in goods and services from aboriginal-owned businesses. “Chiquita should educate themselves about global energy supply and the Canadian Oil Sands,” said Shipton.
“Greenhouse gas emissions from oil sands crude is comparable to other sources and are steadily improving as are other key environmental benchmarks. Until these companies get up to speed on the facts, Canadians should take their business elsewhere.”
AEG members employ more than 50,000 Canadians in the energy, manufacturing, construction and retail industries and generate billions of dollars in economic activity each year.
How fresh are packaged salads?
Forget Fresh Express®. Who needs salad that is pre-cut and washed with bad-smelling and bad-tasting chlorine, anyway?
According to About.com, “The stuff bought whole and chopped on the kitchen counter is definitely more healthful.” Preservatives stop the aging process so that packaged salads appear fresh, but they don’t prevent loss of the nutritive content over time. You can do much better with fresh ingredients.
I am neither a great chef nor much of a salad-eater, but even I can handle this:
Mix ahead of time and refrigerate:
2/3 cup sunflower oil or olive oil
1/3 cup vinegar (red wine, balsamic, or apple cider)
6 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped
1 tablespoon fresh parsley, snipped
1/2 teaspoon basil
1/2 teaspoon oregano
1/2 teaspoon thyme
1/2 teaspoon marjoram
1/4 teaspoon crushed cayenne pepper
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
Toss in a bowl with the dressing:
6 tomatoes, coarsely chopped
2 cucumbers, peeled and coarsely chopped
1 onion, peeled and coarsely chopped
1 green bell pepper, seeds and pulp removed, coarsely chopped
1 small hot pepper, seeds and pulp removed, finely chopped (optional, use gloves!)
Crumbled feta cheese (optional)