Dr Basiron: New Research Radically Reduces Estimate of Emissions from Land Use Change

The world is becoming increasingly worried about the effects on food prices caused by the drought that has plagued the United States over recent months. Experts are suggesting that the corn harvest could be reduced by between 20-30 percent and because corn is used to feed livestock, price hikes for dairy and meat products are expected to follow suit.

Unfortunately, the agricultural development necessary to ensure that the world has … Read More

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French Retailers Replace Palm Oil With Risky Proposition

The decision by French companies like Casino and Systeme U to remove palm oil from their products follows years of increasing use of palm oil to remove trans-fats from the European food supply. These trans-fats were developed to replace palm and coconut oils with partially hydrogenated rapeseed and soy oils. We now know that the emergence of the toxic substance trans-fatty acids contributed to the significant increase of cardiovascular disease … Read More

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Plantation development and forest conservation continue side by side

Earlier this month Sabah’s Forestry director Sam Mannan announced that 100,000 hectares of land in Southern Sabah have been placed under palm oil cultivation in order to generate revenue to conserve an adjacent forest of over 10 times that size.

The Malaysian palm oil industry has always maintained that development and conservation can and will continue side by side. This is why for every one hectare of oil palm … Read More

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Technological breakthrough to achieving zero effluent discharge

Dr. Ishenny Mohd Noor of Universiti Malaya has recently presented new technology that can be used to convert Palm Oil Mill Effluent (POME) into Biopro Diesel and Biopro Fertilizer. This new technology uses waste water generated from palm oil mills and converts it into fuel and fertilizer – the latter for use in agriculture and the former for use in transport vehicles and electricity generation.

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New pest detector will protect small farmers of palm oil – scientist

Researchers led by Professor Richard Cooper at the University of Bath have developed a new technique to detect a strain of a fungal disease – called Fusarium oxysporum – which is specific to oil palms and which has had a devastating effect on yields.

Using a technique known as ‘genetic fingerprinting’, these scholars have pinpointed the specific strain that causes the disease in oil palm trees. As a result, they … Read More

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French Development Agency Recognizes Development Potential of Oil Palm

The developmental potential of oil palm continues to muster support in developing countries. In Ghana, Agence Francaise de Developpement (AFD), the French development agency, has recently decided to finance a small farmer development scheme for oil palm, which is expected to create 750 jobs. This commitment by the French Development Agency contrasts the anti-palm oil campaigns waged by some French retailers and will form part of Ghana’s larger effort … Read More

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Malaysian Palm Oil Overcoming Challenges to Feed the World

Vegetable oil demand is expected to reach 230 million tonnes by 2022, driven by a world population that is projected to reach 7.7 billion by that time. Palm oil, the world’s most land efficient oilseed, is expected to contribute 100 million tonnes by that time, from a total supply of 52 million tonnes today. Amid these forecasts issued by Asia Plantation and the US Department of Agriculture, environmental activists present … Read More

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Environmental Regulation and Rising Input Costs May Hamper Efforts to Meet Global Food Demand – Says OECD

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), an international organization of 34 industrialized countries, recently pointed out that factors including environmental regulation and rising input costs might hurt our ability to meet future demand for food. Its remarks accompanied its estimate that the world will need to increase food and feed production by 60 percent by 2050 to meet rising demand, as populations grow and more people move away … Read More

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Small Farmers Launch New Online Platform to Tell Their Story

The debate over oil palm cultivation and development has considered the crop in isolation, dehumanizing a crop that has fed and provided employment to millions. But much as corn growers in Iowa in the United States, and rapeseed farmers in France, oil palm cultivation has provided invaluable benefits to people throughout the world and history. Among those important benefits, such as the superior land efficiency of oil palms and the … Read More

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Oil Palm Launches Investigative Reporting Series

Oil Palm Launches Investigative Reporting Series

4 July 2012

The Oil Palm launches today a series on issues impacting the global palm oil industry. In today’s first edition, freelance journalist Alex Singleton, goes deep into the heart of the Borneo to hear from experts on the state of the orang-utan and to explore the necessity of a ‘No Kill’ policy.

Sandakan, Sabah – If you listen to Western campaigners, you’ll … Read More

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