Allegations Against Malaysian Palm Oil Industry on Orang-utans Unfounded; Disruptive to Conservation Efforts

The Malaysian government and palm oil industry today mark the start of the Sabah Wildlife Conservation Colloquium (SWCC 2012), which aims to highlight conservation efforts undertaken in the Borneo. The conference underlines the efforts of the Malaysian government and the palm oil industrywith regards to biodiversity conservation and CSR programs, and to highlight conservation studies by reputable research institutions and conservation NGOs. In addition, three State Action Plans will be … 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.

The conversion of POME into … Read More

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There’s Something Not Kosher About The Sustainability Movement

There’s Something Not Kosher About The Sustainability Movement
Amy Ridenour’s National Center Blog, Jeff Stier, December 7, 2011

It has become increasingly fashionable among some in my Jewish community to promote the notion that kosher food must be, what they call, “sustainable.” First, it is important to understand that kosher food laws are strictly religious in nature; it is a myth that they kosher foods are healthier, safer, or even … Read More

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Former US Lawmaker Talks Important Role of Palm Oil in Food Security

Malaysian investment in Africa’s emerging palm oil sector have reached significant heights in the past several years, presenting a tremendous opportunity for the country’s rural communities, smallholders and consumers. This was the theme of a recent editorial by former US Congresswoman Eva Clayton in the New Straits Times.

Writing at the time of the international climate change debate taking place in Durban, Congresswoman Clayton expressed concern at the marginalization … Read More

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MPOC CEO: Fact-based Promotion for Palm Oil

Prior to the 9th annual meeting of the Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil that took place last week in Malaysia, Tan Sri Dr Yusof Basiron, CEO of the Malaysian Palm Oil Council, published on his blog a prediction that environmental organizations would use the event as an opportunity to further their campaigns against the crop, at the expense of Malaysia, palm oil producers, and the hungry and poor throughout the … Read More

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Palm Oil Seed Profits Providing for Retired Soldiers

Hundreds of thousands of Malaysians have benefitted from the economic prosperity provided by the palm oil industry. From smallholders harvesting their plots of land financed by the Federal Land Development Authority (FELDA) to workers in oil mills that contribute to a more sustainable and efficient oil mill process through the use of excess steam for rural electrification, the industry has proven to be a model for innovation and economic prosperity. … Read More

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Palm Oil Seed Profits Providing for Retired Soldiers

Hundreds of thousands of Malaysians have benefitted from the economic prosperity provided by the palm oil industry. From smallholders harvesting their plots of land financed by the Federal Land Development Authority (FELDA) to workers in oil mills that contribute to a more sustainable and efficient oil mill process through the use of excess steam for rural electrification, the industry has proven to be a model for innovation and economic prosperity. … Read More

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FELDA – Exporting Poverty Alleviation to Cambodia

Since its establishment in 1956, the Federal Land Development Authority (FELDA), the world’s largest plantation operator, has demonstrated tremendous success in economic development and societal advancement for some of the hundreds of thousands of smallholders throughout Malaysia that account for 39% of the country’s palm oil production. Thanks to the development supported by the company, rural communities have benefitted from infrastructure development, schools and medical facilities. Meanwhile, as many as … Read More

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Fact-based Promotion for Palm Oil

The Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) annual meeting is currently taking place in Sabah. As anticipated, the Western NGOs are going on the offensive to mount their ‘attacks’ on the oil palm industry. As expected, they have tried to insinuate and belittle the industry’s effort to promote the good name of palm oil as a misuse of public funds.   The well orchestrated and funded anti-palm oil campaigns by NGOs … Read More

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Blogging Live from the 7th Global Oils & Fats Forum, USA: GOFF 7: Palm Oil Ideal for Addressing Demand Amid Shortage of Arable Land

Speaking at the 7th Annual Global Oils and Fats Forum, Mr Siegfried Falk, of Oil World, reported that the vegetable oil sector is entering into a new era for the industry, as constraints on arable land has reduced the ability for producers to meet ever escalating demand for oils/fats.

Driven largely by growing affluence and populations in the developing world, vegetable oil producers are for the first time unable to … Read More

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