The Campaign Against Palm Oil Biofuel Heats Up

Green NGOs, anti-biofuel campaigners and competing vegetable oils producers are starting to escalate their campaign against Palm Oil ahead of the revision of Renewable Energy Directive (RED) that will occur later this year.

The anti-palm oil campaign has recruited politicians, including Member of the European Parliament Maria Teresa Giménez Barbat, a “centre-right liberal” to launch one of the first attacks. Recently, she authored a parliamentary question that condemned the use … Read More

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ICYMI: Why Palm Oil Taxes are Neither Effective nor Just

In an opinion editorial featured in Food Navigator, Belgian agronomist Pierre Bois d’Enghien writes about the ineffectiveness of the French Government’s attempt to tax Palm Oil, and why it shouldn’t be reintroduced within the upcoming revision of vegetable oils taxation.

Food Navigator: Why Palm Oil Taxes are Neither Effective nor Just

By Pierre Bois d’Enghien

The French government’s planned palm oil tax was withdrawn in the National Assembly Read More

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Malaysian Palm Oil Council: End of the Road for French Palm Oil Tax

Kuala Lumpur (21 July 2016) – The proposed French Palm Oil tax has been definitively rejected, following the final decision by the French National Assembly yesterday.

The French Government, National Assembly, and Senate have now all confirmed the rejection of the Palm Oil tax. This decision is a strong statement towards strengthening the relations between France and Malaysia.

The French Government has stated that it will review the taxation of … Read More

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ANSA NEWS: Rio: Palm oil is important for the diet of Belgian athlete Hannes. It’s a natural fat recommended by my nutritionist

ROME (ANSA) – Palm oil is part of the diet of sportsman Pieter-Jan Hannes who is preparing for the upcoming Olympics. The Belgian athlete, 23 years, specialized in in middle-distance, primarily the 1500 meters, won a gold medal at the U23 European Championships and qualified for the Rio Games. ”An important part of my diet is palm oil”, explains Hannes who points out that in addition to being an athlete, … Read More

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ANSA NEWS: Spread with most glycerol is not made with palm oil but sunflower

Test from German consumer association shows the problem is in refining.

ROME (ANSA) – The spread with the highest number of GE and 3-MCPD contaminants, does not contain palm oil but rather sunflower oil. GE is a substance with glycerol on which EFSA, the European Food Safety Authority, has recently published a study assessing the risks to public health. This finding in relation to sunflower oil is concluded by Stiftung … Read More

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Malaysian Palm Oil Council: French Senators Confirm Rejection of Palm Oil Tax

Kuala Lumpur (13 July 2016) – The Malaysian Palm Oil Council congratulates French Senators who have confirmed the deletion of the discriminatory Palm Oil tax during the Senate Plenary session this week.

The French Government, National Assembly, and Senate have now all confirmed the rejection of the palm oil tax. This decision must be upheld, now and in the future.

The French Government has stated that it will review the … Read More

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Palm Oil Tax: Is France Trying to Undermine its Athletes? Fortunately for Me, I Live in Belgium!

The French Parliament is currently debating a proposal to increase the tax on palm oil. This proposal has been motivated on several grounds, including a ‘supposed’ harmful impact on health. Scientific evidence, and daily consumption of this ingredient, simply make me think that this tax is a not a good idea and should not be adopted.

During my years at University, I have been taught to separate facts from fiction. … Read More

Malaysian Palm Oil Council: French Senate Committee Confirms Palm Oil Tax Withdrawal

Kuala Lumpur (6 July 2016) – The Malaysian Palm Oil Council congratulates the French Senators who have confirmed the deletion of the discriminatory palm oil tax during the Sustainable Development Committee meeting today, following the earlier rejection of the tax by the National Assembly in June.

The Senate will now have a chance to put an end to the palm oil tax campaign by confirming the deletion of the tax … Read More

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Malaysia’s Trade Position and Palm Oil

Trade is critical to Malaysian Palm Oil.

This means that Malaysia’s trade agreements – and proposed trade agreements – are of substantial importance to the industry.

There are two that are currently on the table, one with EFTA (European Free Trade Association – comprising Switzerland, Norway, Liechtenstein and Iceland) and the re-energised agreement with the EU.

So what’s at stake?

The Malaysia-EFTA agreement generally doesn’t get a lot of attention; … Read More

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Demonising Palm Oil Imports is a Failed Economic Strategy

How to grow the European economy? A question that has dominated European politics since the banking crisis. Speeches have been made, and solutions proffered, by Francois Hollande, Angela Merkel, Jean-Claude Juncker, and many others. The prescriptions differ, but one theme is more or less constant: trade.

By Dr Yusof Basiron, CEO of MPOC

European leaders have travelled far and wide promoting European trade, and lavish welcomes are afforded in Rome, … Read More

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