ICYMI: Post-Brexit, Malaysia Stands Ready to Work with the UK

Minister Datuk Seri Mah Siew Keong, Malaysian Minister of Plantation Industries and Commodities, has written an op-ed for the UK Daily Telegraph, setting out the Malaysian Government’s position on opportunities for the Palm Oil industry, and for UK-Malaysia cooperation more generally, once the UK leaves the European Union.

The Minister’s op-ed criticises the current protectionist approach to Palm Oil in Europe, and expresses the importance of a positive and … Read More

ICYMI: Palm Oil & EU Trade – Malaysian Government Sets Out Its Position

The EU is facing questions this week about plans to ban Palm Oil biofuels, and other discriminatory restrictions placed on the Palm Oil sector.

Minister Datuk Seri Mah Siew Keong, Malaysian Minister of Plantation Industries and Commodities, sent a clear message in an opinion editorial published in Euractiv. Read the Minister’s full op-ed online here.

Also this week – EU Commissioner for Agriculture, Phil Hogan, was questioned by reporters … Read More

The EC’s Proposals on Deforestation (Part 2): The Bad Ideas

In our previous blog, we assessed the good proposals put forth in the COWI Report, commissioned by the EU. Now, we look at the bad elements of the COWI Report.

The bulk of the measures being proposed by the EU are demand-side measures. At the heart of this is shifting consumers away from palm oil and onto other alternatives, or shifting consumption to so-called sustainable products.

And this already presents … Read More

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EFSA Latest: Experts Speak Out Over European Science Alarmism

Members of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) met recently in Parma to discuss, among other items, EFSA’s recommendations for potential restrictions on 3-MCPD, a contaminant generated during processing of vegetable oils. The meeting was an important moment for Malaysian Palm Oil exporters, following over 12 months of negative media coverage in the wake of EFSA’s original report. The meeting focused on technical discussions around the impact of 3-MCPD, and … Read More

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The EC’s Proposals on Deforestation: The Good Ideas

In the next of our series on the EU’s plans to reduce global deforestation, we assess the policy proposals put forward in the recent COWI Report commissioned by the EU. Which proposals can be considered good?

There are 15 measures proposed. The COWI Report splits them up into supply-side and demand-side measures.

The ‘bad’ measures, which we will look at in the next blog, are largely demand-side measures. Why are … Read More

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ICYMI: Malaysian Government Acts to Protect Small Farmers

‘No Palm Oil’ labels mislead Malaysian consumers and perpetrate an injustice against small farmers and other palm oil producers, Minister Datuk Seri Mah Siew Keong has explained. The economic well-being of Malaysian small farmers is threatened by the labels.

The Minister has successfully demanded the removal of the labels from Arla Foods products in Malaysia. This is a welcome victory for Malaysian Palm Oil producers. The Government also invites the … Read More

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The Facts About ‘Forest Risk Commodities’

 ‘Forest Risk Commodities’ (FRC), a key concept in the COWI Report, is poorly defined and is based on work previously undertaken by the Global Canopy Project. This concept has a history of use among advocacy groups opposed to Palm Oil.

The European Commission is currently attempting to construct a set of policies that will determine how the EU deals with its impact on global deforestation.

At the heart of the … Read More

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ICYMI: Danish Company, Arla Foods, Agrees to Remove No Palm Oil Labels

No Palm Oil labels that denigrate Malaysian Palm Oil will be removed from Malaysian shelves within 60 days by Danish company, Arla Foods, in an agreement made with the Malaysian Government and orchestrated by Datuk Seri Mah Siew Keong, Minister of Plantation Industries and Commodities.

Importantly, Arla Foods also agreed to collaborate with the Malaysian Government on the Malaysian Sustainable Palm Oil (MSPO) scheme.

No Palm Oil labels are an … Read More

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Where is The EU Headed on Palm Oil?

The European Commission has published a draft report assessing measures that the EU can take to combat global deforestation. The report, entitled ‘Feasibility study on options to step up EU Action against Deforestation’ was drafted by the Danish consultancy COWI.

This is the first of a series of blogs that will analyse the actions proposed within the COWI Report; and also examine the political motivations and the history behind … Read More

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EU & Biofuels: RED Is Not The Only Threat

The revision of the Renewable Energy Directive (RED) contains multiple threats to the future success of Malaysian Palm Oil biofuel exports to Europe. The Oil Palm has documented specific threats in the small-print and in the most recent amendments.

It feels almost like a case of déja-vu, this being the third iteration of the RED. Those who have seen all three must surely be asking each other: do you … Read More

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