Red Palm Oil Bell Pepper Rice (with tomatoes and onions)

This is a traditional West African dish. Locals recommend serving the stew with rice to soak up the delectable sauce!

Ingredients

1/4 cup red palm oil

3 cups brown rice

3 large cloves garlic

1 small onion (or half a large one)

1 medium tomato

1 ground black pepper

3 tsps. sea salt

6 cups water

1-2 medium-large bell peppers, chopped and steamed

Preparation

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Response to the Written Question from Senator Muriel Targnion

On December 24, 2012, the Belgian Senator Muriel Targnion tabled a parliamentary question which suggests a link between the consumption of palm oil and the development of breast cancer. Dr. Jean Graille, a Montpellier-based scientist specialized in the biotechnology of oils and lipochemistry, responded to the Senator, explaining that these statements were incorrect and that it was important to fully understand the scientific facts before making observations which could harm … Read More

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Strong potential for Malaysian biodiesel exports to US market

Commentators have highlighted the growing competitiveness of Malaysian biodiesel exports, leading to expectations that sustainable Malaysian biodiesel exports into the US market will increase over the coming year.

This could have significant positive environmental impacts. Substituting US fossil fuel consumption with cost effective Malaysian palm oil biodiesel that are shown to emit fewer greenhouse gases can help reduce global GhG emissions.

However, US policy may yet restrict imports of sustainable … Read More

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Prosperity and Opportunity in Malaysian Palm Oil

The Malaysian palm oil industry has remarkable accomplishments for which to be proud. Poverty reduced by 90 per cent since 1960 (when the national poverty rate was almost 50 per cent); more than 570,000 people directly employed; 5 million hectares cultivated, with more than 56 per cent of Malaysia’s land under conservation. This accomplishments have benefited the state, but it is the producers and workers in the industry that are … Read More

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Norway penalises responsible and sustainable Malaysian palm oil

A large global pension fund administered by the Norwegian Government has divested from a number of palm oil producing companies in developing countries. The Norwegian Government Pension Fund Global (GPFG) has reportedly divested from a number of Southeast Asian palm oil producers and agribusiness companies, citing concerns about the sustainability of palm oil production.

The fund has provided no independent evidence of unsustainable practices to support the divestment decision. Palm … Read More

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Interview with Mr. Kurt G. Berger

Mr Kurt G. Berger is a food technology expert based in the United Kingdom. Mr Berger first studied palm oil and its use in food applications in the 1950s, while working in the London research laboratory of a large food manufacturer. Mr Berger has spent 50 years researching the quality, function and practical application of the best food ingredients with the aim of continuously improving food products, positioning himself as … Read More

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Vatapá – Brazilian Shrimp Stew

This hearty, Brazilian stew is from the state of Bahia. Bahian cuisine is known for being a crossroads for African, Iberian and indigenous flavors and spices, and this dish is no exception. While some components vary from recipe to recipe, palm oil and coconut milk are always included.

Ingredients
6 oz. dried salt cod
½ cup small dried shrimp
¼ cup cashews
¼ cup plain, unsalted peanuts
3 scallions, trimmed … Read More

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Chicken Stew with Okra

This is a traditional West African dish. Locals recommend serving the stew with rice to soak up the delectable sauce!

Ingredients
1 (3- to 3 1/2-lb) chicken, cut into 10 serving pieces

1 teaspoon salt

1 (14- to 15-oz) can whole tomatoes in juice

1/4 cup water

2 tablespoons tomato paste

1/4 cup peanut or palm oil

1 medium onion, chopped

4 garlic cloves, minced and mashed to a paste … Read More

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New initiative to promote Malaysian responsible palm oil

Malaysian Plantation Industries and Commodities Minister, Tan Sri Bernard Dompok, announced a Government-endorsed initiative to brand responsibly produced Malaysian palm oil.

Malaysian palm oil producers are already required under Malaysian law to produce sustainable, environmentally-friendly, and high quality palm oil.

Branding of this by the government will guarantee these attributes to consumers and global manufacturers, differentiating Malaysian palm oil from other palm oil sources.

Palm oil that is branded as … Read More

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Malaysian Biofuels Sustainable; Good Palm Oil Management Key

The environmental management of a crop is as important as the type of crop when it comes to emissions, according to a new study in Global Change Biology. The new research points out the fallacy of blaming a specific crop (e.g. palm oil) for emissions, when poorly managed alternatives can have greater environmental impacts.

Biofuels – in particular those derived from palm oil as a feedstock – offer a sustainable … Read More

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