Malaysia’s Ominous Warning to Europe in the Face of Renewed Efforts to Discriminate against Palm Oil

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak stated in The Sun Daily that ‘whoever boycotts oil palm products, they will face retaliation’.

The Malaysian Minister of Plantation Industries and Commodities, Datuk Seri Mah Siew Keong, similarly stated that ‘Malaysia has strict standards. If they have unfair practice against us, we too can retaliate’.

These comments come on the heels of a baseless campaign by European interests against the global Palm … Read More

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ICYMI: Minister Datuk Seri Mah Siew Keong’s Vision for Malaysian Palm Oil

The Oil Palm would like to bring to your attention an opinion editorial authored by Datuk Seri Mah Siew Keong, Minister of Plantation Industries and Commodities for Malaysia. The Minister reflects on Malaysian Palm Oil’s 100 years of success, and looks ahead to the future.

The Star: 100 Years of Glory and the Next Horizon

by Datuk Seri Mah Siew Keong, Minister of Plantation Industries and Commodities

‘Tomorrow we will Read More

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New Evidence: Criticism of Saturated Fats Is ‘Plain Wrong’

Saturated fats are not unhealthy. That is the clear, unambiguous conclusion from a new meta-analysis published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine (an affiliate of the world-renowned British Medical Journal). Leading scientists from the U.K. and U.S.A. stated in clear language that the world’s approach to saturated fats “urgently requires a paradigm shift … Despite popular belief among doctors and the public, the conceptual model of dietary saturated fat Read More

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European Parliament’s Skewed View of Palm Oil

Yesterday in Strasbourg, France, Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) voted through the report on Palm Oil & Deforestation. The report received a massive majority vote in favour. As a reminder, the text that MEPs supported calls for tariffs and non-tariff barriers against Palm Oil; unilateral EU interference in Palm Oil certification; and the banning of all Palm Oil biofuels in Europe, among other such impositions.

Ahead of the vote, … Read More

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ICYMI: European Experts Comment on Deforestation Report

The Oil Palm would like to bring to your attention expert comments on Palm Oil that have recently appeared in the European media ahead of tomorrow’s vote on the Palm Oil & Deforestation Report in the European Parliament.

EurActiv: Opinion on the ‘Palm Oil and Deforestation’ report

By Pierre Bois d’Enghien

‘The report’s stated aim is to advance sustainable forest management, and sustainable agricultural production. However, the recommendations put forward Read More

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Palm Oil & Protectionism: 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.

#8 – Competing Oilseeds

Claim

In Paragraph 83, the Report states –

Recommends finding and promoting more sustainable alternatives for biofuel use, such as European oils produced from domestically cultivated rape and sunflower seeds

Truth

The ENVI Report openly … Read More

Palm Oil & Biofuels: 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.

#6 – Expansion of Oil Palm

Claim

In Recital N, the Report states –

Oil palm cultivation is also taking off in other Asian countries, as well as in Africa and Latin America, where new plantations are constantly being Read More

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

Claim

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

Claim

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

Claim

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

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