TRADE FOR ALL: The Implications of EU Trade Policy for Malaysian Palm Oil

The EU’s record on trade is patchy. It garnered the reputation as ‘Fortress Europe’ from its agricultural policies and technical standards, which were designed to shield the bloc’s farmers from international competitors.

More recently, it has looked to environmental regulations and health measures as a method of erecting regulatory barriers – mostly to favour European products over imports, or to reduce the competitive advantage of products from outside … Read More

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Is Palm Oil a Driver of Deforestation?

European policymakers, NGOs and vegetable oil producers have been attacking Palm Oil solidly for more than a decade – using environmental, health, and other scare stories to make their presence felt.

The primary argument against Palm Oil is its supposed contribution to deforestation. In the missives against Palm Oil, deforestation is taken as a given. That is the starting point. Malaysia often hears these claims in discussions with the European … Read More

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It’s Official: No Palm Oil Labels ARE Illegal

It is now official – the “No Palm Oil” denigration campaign, undertaken by European opponents of palm oil, is illegal. The Belgian Court of Appeal in Brussels ruled last Friday that the Belgian supermarket Delhaize broke the law when it made wild and inaccurate allegations about Palm Oil, including on the labels of its own ‘Palm Oil Free’ product.

The Belgian Court stated that Delhaize’s allegations about Palm Oil were … Read More

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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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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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