Greenpeace activists deploy a banner reading "deforestation ongoing" on a tank at the Total BioRefinery on October 29, 2019 in La Mede, near Marseille, as they protest against the importation of palm oil by Total. . / AFP / Boris HORVAT
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Ten major companies that sell and use palm oil have teamed up on a new radar system to monitor forests across Malaysia and Indonesia more closely and speed up action to stop deforestation, a group leading the initiative said on Friday.The world's top two producers and exporters are Indonesia and Malaysia, and the new radar-based system will cover both.The palm oil and consumer goods firms in the project -- which are already receiving alerts and giving feedback -- are Bunge, Cargill, Golden Agri-Resources, Mondelez, Musim Mas Group, Nestle, PepsiCo, Sime Darby Plantation, Unilever and Wilmar.Many high-profile palm oil buyers have committed to zero deforestation and to source only sustainable oil by 2020, although some are likely to miss their targets.
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