Lopsided Study on Rajang Delta (and a deplorable proposal)

Wetlands International, a European NGO, has received significant press in Malaysia and around the world in claiming that Malaysia’s longer term ecological and economic prospects are threatened by the establishment of agricultural plantations, particularly on delta and peatland areas.

Delta lands have long been exploited for agriculture. The Nile and Mekong Delta areas immediately spring to mind. Such lands are a significant resource for economic growth.

Most emerging economies also … Read More

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My Experience at the World Championships

When I think about these championships, many mixed feelings come over me: relief, disappointment, joy, discouragement, but also hope. All of these feelings somewhat summarize all the emotional stages I went through. These world championships were, for me, the main goal of my season. And this is something that is not easy to manage because the success of my season depended on whether or not these championships went well. People … Read More

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Greens Propose Harming the Environment

Some interesting news in Paris: Green Senators have proposed an amendment that could harm the environment, lead to more forest land being lost, and affect poor people in developing countries.

Aline Archimbaud, a Green Senator, has submitted amendments to the Health Law criticizing palm oil. She makes clear that the amendment would like to protect the environment, and also to help solve malnutrition, hunger, and other problems affecting the poor.… Read More

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Education is Good for All of Us

Interesting news from Paris! An education campaign on palm oil has been launched this week, to increase the awareness and knowledge about this oil in France and Belgium.

I found this initiative very interesting, and necessary: I discovered palm oil a few years ago thank to my nutritionist and I found this product extremely versatile and complementary to my diet. It helps that my chemistry studies mean that I also … Read More

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A Campaign to Inform Consumers About Palm Oil

After many years of working closely on the ecology and economy of agricultural products and farming – especially in the developing world – it is encouraging to see that Belgian and French consumers will be learning more about palm oil in the coming months. A new communications campaign has been launched by the Malaysian Palm Oil community, with the aim of providing facts to consumers.

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Malaysian Palm Oil Explained to Young People

For me, palm oil was very much a cultural product growing up: I knew all about it, and was cooking with it from an early age. So I was familiar with why so many people around the world use palm oil as a healthy cooking oil.

However, for many people growing up in Belgium, perhaps they don’t know much about palm oil, and there is a lack of information because … Read More

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Gli Stati Uniti mettono al bando i grassi trans: l’olio di palma è tra i prodotti sostitutivi

Una decisione presa a migliaia di chilometri dalla Malesia – negli uffici della US Food & Drug Administration (FDA) – potrebbe avere profonde ripercussioni sul futuro del settore dell’olio di palma.

La FDA ha infatti deciso di vietare gli oli vegetali parzialmente idrogenati a causa dei preoccupanti livelli di grassi trans che contengono. Questo tipo di grassi viene diffusamente considerato dagli scienziati come un fattore fortemente negativo per la salute … Read More

U.S. Bans Trans Fats and Palm Oil Helps Replacements

A decision taken thousands of miles from Malaysia – in the offices of the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) – could have profound consequences for the future of the palm oil sector.

The FDA has decided to effectively ban partially hydrogenated vegetable oils, due to their worrying levels of trans fat content. Trans fats have been widely regarded by scientists as a major negative factor for health and wellbeing.… Read More

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