Palm Oil & Environment: Fact-checking the European Parliament Report

Ahead of the vote on Palm Oil & Deforestation in the European Parliament on April 4th, The Oil Palm is fact-checking the Environment Committee’s Report.

Here are the Facts.

#4 – Environment

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In Recital L, the Report states –

The establishment of palm oil plantations is resulting in massive forest fires, the drying up of rivers, soil erosion, peatland drainage, pollution of waterways and overall loss of Read More

Palm Oil & Trade: Fact-Checking the European Parliament Report

Ahead of the vote on Palm Oil & Deforestation in the European Parliament on April 4th, The Oil Palm is fact-checking the Environment Committee’s Report.

Here are the Facts.

#2 – Customs

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In Paragraph 47, the Report states –

Calls on the Commission to consider applying different customs duty schemes reflecting the real costs associated with environmental burden; consider the introduction and application of non-discriminatory tariff and Read More

European Parliament Report on Palm Oil: Read the Facts

Ahead of the vote on Palm Oil & Deforestation in the European Parliament on April 4th, The Oil Palm is fact-checking the Environment Committee’s Report.

Here are the Facts.

#1 – Certification

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In Paragraph 42, the Report states –

Major certification schemes do not effectively prohibit their members from converting rainforests or peatlands into palm plantations; considers therefore major certification schemes fail to effectively limit greenhouse gas Read More

ICYMI: A Message to President Hollande: Support Palm Oil

In an opinion editorial featured in The Star, Belgian agronomist Pierre Bois d’Enghien writes about this week’s visit of French President Francois Hollande to Malaysia – and why the President should guarantee that Palm Oil will not be taxed in France.

The Star: A Message to President Hollande: Support Palm Oil

By Pierre Bois d’Enghien

‘Francois Hollande’s visit to Malaysia is important for French business: according to French media Read More

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Statement from Minister of Plantation Industries and Commodities Datuk Seri Mah Siew Keong following European Parliament Report on Palm Oil and Deforestation

The Minister of Plantation Industries and Commodities, YB Datuk Seri Mah Siew Keong expressed concern on the recent voting of the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety of the European Parliament (ENVI Committee) on Motion 2016/2222(INI) which includes opinions of the  Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development (AGRI), the Committee on International Trade (INTA), and the Committee on Development (DEVE) for a European Parliament Resolution on Palm … Read More

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The European Parliament’s Deeply-Flawed Campaign Against Palm Oil

The European Parliament’s Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety is set to vote on a deeply-flawed draft report that contains a number of falsehoods about Palm Oil.

Let’s set the record straight.

Myth #1: The draft report claims that “Cultivation of palm oil over the last 20 years has been the cause of 20% of all deforestation.”

Fact: This is completely false and has disproved by the EU’s … Read More

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The Apology that Oil Palm Growers Need to Hear

NGOs and campaign groups rarely admit that they are wrong. They almost never admit that an industry that they have been campaigning against is right.

But that is effectively what the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) – a US-based campaign group – has done in relation to palm oil.

UCS has pointed out that palm oil is not the environmental bogeyman that NGOs have made it out to be. Why? … Read More

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Claim – The University of York has blamed oil palm plantations for restricting the movement of butterflies in Malaysia, based on research undertaken in Sabah.

Palm oil is no different to any other crop. Research on species movement and agriculture has been undertaken on all kinds of agriculture and forestry activities, covering any number of species and in a range of countries, including Europe. But studies on biodiversity and farming in Europe don’t try to blame any particular crop. The University of York attempts to do so clumsily and without justification. Is this problem … Read More

Claim- Radical MEPs submit anti-palm oil amendments to the European Parliament’s report on Palm Oil and Deforestation

Truth:

Members of the European Parliament’s Environment Committee (ENVI) have prepared a set of amendments to the Committee’s draft report on Palm Oil. The original report from MEP Katerina Konecna contains multiple factual errors and misconceptions.

The amendments show that MEP Konecna’s colleagues have adopted the same long-disproved anti-palm oil myths.

  • Multiple amendments claim that Palm Oil is the main cause of deforestation, a claim that has been debunked even
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