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Dutch Newspapers Consume Ancient Canadian Forests
Greenpeace says forest biodiversity under threat
Angelique van Engelen (clixy123)     Print Article 
Published 2007-10-12 14:12 (KST)   
Greenpeace says that Dutch newspapers are directly responsible for the disappearance of ancient forests in Canada. Dutch newspapers are considering changing their supplier.

A Greenpeace report entitled 쏡utch Glory - Paper contends that a Canadian paper manufacturer called Abitibi Consolidated uses very dubious processes to manufacture the paper on which virtually all Dutch national dailies are printed. The report was published earlier this week and has stirred up debate because it reveals in depth information that셲 not generally out in the public domain.

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"Abitibi-Consolidated makes paper from wood from ancient forests which are chopped down to be replaced by very simple conifer trees," Dutch campaign leader Suzanne Kroger is quoted as saying in De Dag newspaper.

The replaced trees will only match the forest that is being removed in a time span of 250 to 300 years in terms of biodiversity, the campaigner says.

Greenpeace also points out that one of the forest's most authentic species, the caribou, is under threat as a result. Greenpeace says the fact that Abitibi's manufacturing practices are dubious is is totally in conflict with some newspaper organisations public statements indicating that they conduct environmental friendly policies.

Abitibi has been certified a durable manufacturer of paper by CSA, a Canadian environmental organization. But Greenpeace says that the label is not beyond proven doubt.

"A Canadian environmental consultancy agency has researched the four [standard] Canadian environmental certificates which has shown that only the international FSC-label is trustworthy. FSC propagates the same point of view as Greenpeace, Dutch newspaper De Dag writes.

A spokesman of the Dutch newspaper group PCM Uitgevers told the newspaper that his organization is investigating the claims and will consider changing its supplier if they prove true. It would discuss such a move with other publishers because all Dutch paper houses buy paper together.
Angelique van Engelen is a freelance journalist based in Amsterdam. She runs www.contentclix.com, a freelance writing agency.
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