Conservation Commitment

The palm oil industry adopts and implements sustainable and good agricultural practices, yet is has been accused of unsustainable practices including the destruction of rainforests and wildlife habitat, particularly the orang utan. These accusations driven by campaigns, primarily led by the European NGOs have resulted in misunderstanding among some traditional palm oil end users who have in turn taken drastic steps to reduce their palm oil usage in consumer products. … Read More

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What is it used for?

Palm fruit oil is consumed worldwide in more than 100 countries. In some parts of the world, palm fruit oil is often still consumed in its unrefined state, as an ingredient of traditional dishes, where it contributes its characteristic golden red color and unique flavor. However, to most users, palm oil is more familiar as a refined vegetable oil product purchased at their local store and incorporated into their everyday … Read More

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Punching above its weight, part 2: Malaysia maintains globally important ‘Primary’ forests

Best available data indicates that Malaysia maintains vast forested areas. Recently activists have claimed that much of this forest has been degraded, and accused Malaysian industry and government of mismanaging forest resources.

One recent study claims that little of the forests in the Malaysian States of Sarawak and Sabah remain in a pristine condition. According to the authors, Malaysian forests have been degraded due to repeated logging or clearance over … Read More

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European Parliament Report Risks Tarnishing Relations with ASEAN

The European Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee has published a new report on EU-ASEAN relations. The report is supposed to be a tool for encouraging closer cooperation between Malaysia and the EU. In reality, this is a political tool for Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) to make poltiically-motivated statements about their feelings towards ASEAN countries, including Malaysia. As a result, the report contains major inaccuracies and untruths, and seeks … Read More

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Punching above its weight, part 1: Malaysia maintains vast forest resources

Malaysia, although relatively small in size, is endowed with some of the largest tropical forested areas in the world – according to the best available scientific data, including satellite imagery and international monitoring programs. Nonetheless, Western activists have attempted to deny this fact, as part of a campaign to oppose productive Malaysian industries.

The campaign is an attempt to stymie Malaysian development by limiting Malaysian extractive and agricultural industries. It … Read More

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ILUC – An Unscientific Policy That Will Hurt EU-Malaysia Bilateral Relations

In Europe, the Renewable Energy Directive (RED) has been  taken over by powerful protectionist agriculture interests in some European countries and has now become a  trade-protection tool that is designed to protect domestic oilseeds, and to discriminate against cheaper, and superior, non-European biofuels, such as those made from palm oil. It is no longer an environmental or energy policy instead it  is a trade-barrier policy.

On Tuesday 10th September, the … Read More

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Belgium’s RTL Ignored The Facts On Palm Oil, Sacrificing Journalistic Integrity In The Process

Belgian TV station RTL’s programme on palm oil offered a good case study in scare-mongering and poor journalism. It was also testament to palm oil’s on-going struggle to get a fair hearing based on scientific facts and verifiable evidence.

Guest speakers on the programme included a representative of Greenpeace – an organisation that publicly opposes oil palm development – and a ‘nutrition specialist’, who had previously spoken out against the … Read More

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Vegetable Pot Pie

This week’s recipe mixes sweet and savory. Using your favorite pie crust recipe, this hearty meal is sure to satisfy everyone. 

Ingredients

1 pie crust
1/4 cup butter
1 tablespoon palm oil
1 cup leeks, chopped
1 teaspoon garlic, minced
2 cups asparagus, chopped into 1/2-inch pieces
1 cup carrots, small dice
1 cup frozen peas
1/3 cup flour
1 teaspoon sage, finely chopped
1 tablespoon habanero sauce
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French Prime Minister: ‘France is not hostile to palm oil’

Less than a year after the defeat of the Nutella tax, the French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault reassured the Malaysian people that his government would reject all future attempts to introduce a tax on palm oil. PM Ayrault was speaking in occasion of a joint press conference held with Malaysian Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Najib Razak in Kuala Lumpur.

‘France is not hostile to palm oil. I wish to stress … Read More

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Malaysian Curry Puffs

Last week during their travels in Malaysia the French competition winners enjoyed Curry puffs cooked in palm oil. This week we are featuring that recipe. You can follow the adventures of the competition winners at www.theoilpalm.tumblr.com. Bon appétit! 

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Ingredients

Curry Filling
60 ml palm oil

1 medium onion cut in two finely diced

2 tsp of any appropriate masala (kurma powder or Vindaloo Masala)

1 tsp chili powder

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