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Margaret Swink manages communications for the forest programs at Rainforest Action Network.

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Imagine your horror if you picked up a copy of a book on rainforests to read to your kids, intending to teach them good environmental values, and discovered that the book about rainforests was printed on dead rainforests.

Unfortunately, in many American bedrooms tonight, that horror is likely to be reality.

A report released today by Rainforest Action Network finds that a majority of the top ten U.S. children’s publishers have released at least one children’s book that tested positive for paper fiber linked to the destruction of Indonesia’s rainforests, including some books that describe the benefits of rainforest conservation.

To create the report, the San Francisco based environmental group randomly tested 30 books – three from each of the top ten children’s book publishers. Eighteen of the 30 tested, or 60 percent, contained controversial fiber linked to the destruction of Indonesia’s rainforests. RAN believes that the test results point to a growing industry trend of printing children’s books, as well as other glossy paper books like coffee table books and textbooks on fiber that is from controversial and endan... Read more

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