Palm Oil Tax an Unhealthy Move

In early May, senators in the French Parlia­ment discussed a proposed Bill on biodiversity, nature and landscapes – commonly known as the Biodiversity Bill.

Although the text is lengthy, the Bill is still a clear demonstration of the common will of the French Parliament to put the debate on biodiversity on the right track. Like many others, I clearly support the stated intention of this Bill.

However, there is a … Read More

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Malaysian Palm Oil Council to President Hollande: Drop the Discriminatory Palm Oil Tax

Kuala Lumpur (25 May 2016) – The Malaysian Palm Oil Council calls on Senators and MPs meeting today before the Commission Mixte Paritaire to reject the discriminatory tax against palm oil.

The CEO of MPOC, Dr Yusof Basiron, issued the following statement:

“We urge Senators and MPs to affirm the decision of the Senate and reject the discriminatory tax against palm oil. The tax hurts more than 300,000 small farmers Read More

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Norway to Developing Countries: Do As I Say, Not As I Do

The Financial Times reports that Norway is moving ever closer to allowing toxic waste to be dumped in pristine wildlife-supporting fjords, as well as opening up new areas of Norway’s natural habitats for fossil fuel development.

Obviously this is about as hypocritical as it gets, even Norwegian environmentalists are calling it so.

This news may be surprising to some: the international media’s focus on Norway is normally that of … Read More

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What Do We Really Know About Saturated Fats?

A general argument often endorsed in the media suggests that intake of any saturated fat should be reduced due to potential links to high risks of coronary heart disease (CHD).

In an interview with Global Oils & Fats Business Magazine, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom, Global Cardiovascular Health senior research associate Dr Rajiv Chowdhury discusses his latest findings on saturated fats and cardiovascular disease, and the new debate on fats … Read More

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Malaysian Palm Oil Council Applauds French Senate for Rejecting Discriminatory Palm Oil Tax

Kuala Lumpur – The Malaysian Palm Oil Council applauds the vote by the French Senate to reject the discriminatory tax against palm oil.

The planned tax is a violation of WTO and EU trade rules, would negatively impact France-Malaysia relations, and would contribute to putting 300,000 small palm oil farmers out of work. The effort of Senators Catherine Deroche, Catherine Procaccia and Charles Revet is a victory for common sense.… Read More

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French Senate’s Palm Oil Tax: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

Last week, the French Senate’s Sustainable Development Committee rejected the discriminatory tax against Palm Oil, showing their support to 300,000 Malaysian small Palm Oil farmers and more broadly to France-Malaysia relations. This was a good step in the right direction.

Upon learning of the Committee’s rejection of the tax, the CEO of the Malaysian Palm Oil Council, Dr Yusof Basiron, remarked that it was time for “President Hollande to Read More

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Myth and Fat: How One Inaccurate Hypothesis Mislead Public Health Policies for Generations

Dr Ancel Keys (Jan 26, 1904–Nov 20, 2004) was an American scientist who studied the influence of diet on health. He is responsible, almost more than any other individual, for the public health misconception around fats that exists today. Through published work that was vaunted across the world, Dr Keys has had a far-reaching impact on how we think about the role of fats.

When Dr Keys first published his … Read More

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Malaysian Palm Oil Council Applauds French Senate Committee for Rejecting Discriminatory Tax

Kuala Lumpur – The Malaysian Palm Oil Council applauds the vote by the French Senate’s Sustainable Development Committee to reject the discriminatory tax against palm oil.

The planned tax is a violation of WTO and EU trade rules, would negatively impact France-Malaysia relations, and would contribute to putting 300,000 small palm oil farmers out of work. The effort of Senators Catherine Deroche, Catherine Procaccia and Charles Revet is a victory … Read More

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