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ENVIRONMENT: TNT headline is misleading

Letter by Dana Booth, Tacoma on June 3, 2013 at 4:35 pm with No Comments »
June 4, 2013 9:40 am

Re: “Green seal is meaningless” (TNT, 6-3).

Quite bold of The News Tribune to make such a proclamation in the headline, since nowhere in the story are any facts offered up whatsoever; it simply described a far-left environmental groups lawsuit against the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI), where nothing has been settled.

ForestEthics, the leftist group at the center of the story, is apparently claiming that the SFI is misleading corporate America and their customers by offering green certification to products not deserving that label. Again, nothing in the story collaborates that claim, and the story offered no opposing opinion.

ForestEthics’ gripe is with the timber industry, which supports the SFI monetarily, and the group suggests that corporations seeking green certification instead use the Forestry Stewardship Council, in essence discouraging big business in favor of bigger money. The FSC requires chain-of-custody documentation for every tree fallen, it costs thousands of dollars to become FSC certified and all the extra paperwork does nothing for the environment – it only raises costs to the end consumer.


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