French retailer ordered to halt anti-palm oil campaign

Last week the Commercial Court of Paris ruled against large French retailer – Système U – ordering the company to halt its anti-palm oil advertising campaign.

Palm oil growers celebrated the legal ruling as a victory against anti-palm oil campaigns which discriminate against vegetable oil producers from developing countries.

The complaint was lodged by African palm oil growers after the French retailer launched a public campaign attacking palm oil. Système … Read More

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New livelihood opportunities for Malaysian farmers

A new generation of palm oil small farmers are being given an opportunity to own homes and improve their livelihoods, according to Malaysian media reports.

FELDA, the Malaysian Federal Land Development Authority which administers a national smallholder palm oil scheme, is reportedly offering new opportunities for participants under the ‘Sentuhan Kasih’ FELDA programme.

The FELDA programme offers settlers the opportunity to improve their livelihoods by participating in the production … Read More

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Exporting Innovative Palm Oil By-Products to China

POIC Sabah Sdn Bhd chief executive officer Datuk Dr Pang Teck Wai traveled to China this week to educate participants in a commodities sourcing seminar on the traditional and alternative benefits of palm oil in the world’s largest market for imported palm oil. The event, organized in conjunction with the Associated Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Malaysia (ACCCIM) and the Malaysia-China Chamber of Commerce provided the Malaysian company … Read More

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US Government environment agency visit Malaysia

The US Government’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently concluded a visit to Malaysia as part of their assessment of greenhouse gas (ghg) savings from palm oil based biofuels. The final assessment will inform the decision of whether palm oil derived biofuels meet sustainability requirements under the US renewable fuel standard.
The field visit to Malaysia comes after complaints that the EPA’s initial assessment could not be scientifically substantiated.

Biodiesel produced … Read More

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Malaysian Palm Oil Council Rebukes Proposed French Palm Oil Tax

A statement from the Malaysian Palm Oil Council Chief Executive Officer Tan Sri Dr Yusof Basiron on the proposed ‘Nutella Tax’ offered by French Senator Yves Daudigny:

“Malaysia is deeply concerned with French Senator Yves Daudigny’s proposed 300 per cent tax increase on palm oil. The proposal is based on inaccurate claims that palm oil is bad for health and nutrition, and that Malaysia does not respect the environment. Palm … Read More

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EU MP’s Impressed With Palm Oil Industry’s Contribution To Malaysia’s Wealth And Economic Growth

KUALA LUMPUR, May 30 (Bernama) — European Union (EU) Members of Parliament (MPs) are impressed with the palm oil industry’s contribution towards creating wealth and economic growth for
Danish MP Dan Jorgensen, who is Vice-Chairman of the Environment Committee and Member of the Group of Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament said: “We think palm oil has contributed towards creating wealth and the growth of the … Read More

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Malaysia’s Green Jobs Program – Palm Oil Biogas Plants

Lessons are emerging from Malaysia that the West should consider in their drive for “green jobs”, particularly from the Malaysian palm oil industry. Last year, with the release of Malaysia’s National Key Economic Areas (NKEA), the Government identified the sector as a key contributor to economic growth and wealth creation, as well as a source for reducing emissions and meeting the country’s international climate obligations.

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Sustainability in a Global Context: Falling Global Deforestation and GHG Emissions

A recent study to assess the potential carbon emissions from palm oil in Indonesian Borneo, known as Kalimantan, has no bearing on the sustainability of Malaysian palm oil industry. Indonesia and Malaysia may share some geographical and cultural similarities. Both are located in South-East Asia, and both are major palm oil producing countries. Both face challenges to achieving national development, and both seek to improve living standards for citizens.

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International Land Use Not Reflective of Malaysian Land Management Sustainability

A recent study has sought to quantify the potential emissions that would result from palm oil plantation expansion in the Indonesian region of Kalimantan. Campaigners have been quick to use the findings to condemn the industry across the board including Malaysia, despite the fact that the area of study was located in Indonesia – a separate country with its own political system, laws and regulations.

Conflating Malaysia with other countries … Read More

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New pest detector will protect small farmers of palm oil

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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