Why are NGOs Shooting Down the UN FAO?

The recent FAO data that effectively said Malaysia’s deforestation rates had fallen to zero has ruffled feathers among campaigners.

Friends of the Orang Utans director Upreshpal Singh is content to ‘shoot the messenger’ when it comes to the new forest data, which was recently published in a piece that appeared in The Star.

The FAO goes through an extensive process of harmonization and cross-checking for its forest assessments. It … Read More

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The French Palm Oil Tax is a Bad Case of Déjà Vu

On January 21st, the French Senate passed an amendment approving a massive and discriminatory new tax on palm oil. The tax was passed as part of the French Government’s Biodiversity Bill.

For many who have followed the palm oil debate in France, this is sadly familiar. The same Green Senators, using the same discriminatory criteria, proposed the same palm oil tax in 2013, 2014, and 2015. The tax … Read More

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France’s New Foreign Minister: a Friend of Malaysia

The announcement that Jean-Marc Ayrault, an eminent former French Prime Minister, will be the Government’s new Foreign Minister, will surely be greeted as good news for Malaysian palm oil farmers and the wider sector.

In 2013, then-PM Ayrault travelled to Malaysia for a successful visit, including a keynote speech which included the promise that “palm oil will not be taxed” in France.

Mr Ayrault’s return to Government has come at … Read More

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The Partnership Between Smallholders and Large Companies

The UK think-tank Innovation Forum has published a thought-provoking piece on the significance of smallholders in the supply chains of major food companies, such as Nestle.

The article highlights the significance of smallholders on the supply side of the commodities market, implying that they have for the most part been forgotten by major companies, when examining their supply chains.

In the global palm oil market this is certainly the case. … Read More

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Western Elitist Media Bias Against Palm Oil Continues – False Representation by BBC and Others

A new piece of research published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) on mangrove forests has prompted a number of media outlets to make palm oil the story.

Headlines have appeared on the BBC declaring a ‘Rice and palm oil risk to mangroves’. The stories claim that rice and oil palm development is responsible for 38 per cent of mangrove deforestation.

But what are the facts?… Read More

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The European Push for Sustainable Palm Oil

The rotating EU Presidency now rests in the hands of the Dutch Government, for the first six months of 2016. The Dutch EU Presidency has shown recent signs that it intends to push for greater scrutiny of palm oil that comes into Europe. This could mark the first time that an EU Council Presidency has made palm oil a strategic focus of their sustainability agenda.

First, and foremost on the … Read More

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MPOC Launches New Italian Web Platform

The Malaysian Palm Oil Council (MPOC) today launches a new Italian-language educational platform on palm oil, to correct the misinformation about palm oil in Italy, and promote the facts about the benefits of oil palm cultivation.

The new platform outlines the environmental and health benefits of palm oil, and corrects misinformation that has been spread in recent discriminatory anti-palm oil campaigns led by Il Fatto Alimentare.

Dr Yusof Basiron, CEO … Read More

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Obama’s Attack on Clean Energy, Sustenance and Job Creation

US President Barack Obama has tried to increase his political and economic bona fides in Southeast Asia. And for that reason he is always welcome in the region.

Yet he has a propensity for displaying purposeful ignorance whenever he visits Malaysia. At a youth event during his visit in November, he stated:

“The most polluting industries are typically the old-fashioned industries, the old ways of doing business. I know Read More

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The ‘High Carbon Stock’ Debate: Costs and Benefits

The newly released draft report from the Sustainable Palm Oil Manifesto High Carbon Stock Study (HCSS) group has received a small amount of press attention since it was released in mid-August.

The draft report is a culmination of months of work by a dedicated group of researchers from a diverse range of backgrounds. Notably it is being led by Jonathon Porritt, former leader of Friends of the Earth in the … Read More

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CEO of MPOC: Room for All in Certification

RSPO’s 13th annual roundtable commences in Kuala Lumpur this week. It has been an extraordinary 12 months for palm oil certification more broadly.

The Malaysian Sustainable Palm Oil (MSPO) standard was launched at the beginning of this year.

Greenpeace and other members of the High Carbon Stock Approach released their toolkit. The Sustainable Palm Oil Manifesto also completed its draft study on high carbon stock.

Throughout this, RSPO has … Read More

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