Malaysian Palm Oil Council: Response to Statements by Australian Parliamentarian Jason Wood

Kuala Lumpur – CEO of the Malaysian Palm Oil Council (MPOC) Tan Sri Datuk Dr. Yusof Basiron today responded to statements made by Australian Parliamentarian Jason Wood, that criticised Malaysia and Malaysian palm oil. Dr Yusof Basiron has issued the following statement:

“A member for the Australian Government – Jason Wood – unfairly criticised Malaysia and Malaysian Palm Oil today in the Australian media and in Australian parliament. He did Read More

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The Oil Palm: EU Admits Palm Oil Policies Not Based on Facts but Emotion

Those following the Palm Oil debate in Europe know that the EU’s Renewable Energy Directive (RED) has been, for years, a tool for protectionist European oilseeds to attempt to restrict market access for Palm Oil. Previous versions of the RED have included obvious and at times incredible attempts to discriminate against Palm Oil: all have been dismissed as anti-scientific, unworkable and in contradiction with the facts.

That the RED is … Read More

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Priorities for Malaysian Palm Oil

Malaysian Plantation Industries and Commodities Minister, the Hon. Datuk Seri Mah Siew Keong is a veteran of politics. He hails from Perak, one of the top three palm oil-producing states in Peninsular Malaysia and an area with a long history of commodity development. He grew up in his constituency, Teluk Intan, seeing at first-hand the positive impact of palm oil on the livelihood of smallholders. He was appointed to his … Read More

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Malaysian Palm Oil Council Condemns Discriminatory Ban on Palm Oil in Tuscany Region

Kuala Lumpur – The Malaysian Palm Oil Council (MPOC) condemns the vote in Tuscany’s Regional Council in favour of a discriminatory ban removing palm oil products from public tenders. The proposed ban was passed thanks to votes from Prime Minister Renzi’s Democratic Party, despite the proposal having zero scientific or environmental evidence behind it.

The CEO of MPOC, Dr Yusof Basiron, issued the following statement:

“The decision by Prime Minister Read More

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Bad Swiss Timing on Palm Oil Harms Trade Prospects

A bizarre decision by a local school board in Switzerland could have significant ramifications for a trade deal between some non-EU European countries and Malaysia. The Italian Swiss Canton School Board has decided to ban palm oil from public schools, in a knee-jerk response to some anti-palm oil campaigns. That the decision has no scientific rationale behind it whatsoever should be one concern – not to mention that it will … Read More

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The Next Palm Oil Challenge in France

Every year since 2012, Socialist Party politicians in France often supported by the French Government have attempted to place a tax on Palm Oil products.

The most recent attempt was defeated in July 2016, thanks to a strong campaign from producing countries. However, French lawmakers have since announced that they will take two actions. First, they will re-examine taxation on all vegetable oils. Second, they will introduce a Sustainability Criteria … Read More

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Environmental Activism Dressed Up as Health Research

Recently, two US universities launched an unprovoked attack on the Malaysian Palm Oil industry, peddling misleading statistics about the haze event of 2015. Greenpeace has used these erroneous figures to spread fears about Malaysian Palm Oil, including at the EPOC Conference currently underway in Warsaw.

Harvard and Columbia Universities launched a report that attempted to quantify the number of deaths from the haze event of 2015.  In doing so, they … Read More

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Malaysian Palm Oil Council: New Study Outlines Global Economic Benefits of Palm Oil

Palm Oil Imports Add $39bn to Global Economy; Create 2.9 Million Jobs

Kuala Lumpur (5 October 2016) – The Malaysian Palm Oil Council (MPOC) commissioned the London based consulting firm Europe Economics to quantify the enormous benefits of palm oil for the world economy.

The new study uses economic modelling to analyse palm oil’s role as the world’s most popular, land-efficient and cost-effective oil, and measure the positive impacts for … Read More

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The Oil Palm’s Q&A Series: Interview with Professor Pierre Garello

Pierre Garello is a Professor of Economics at Université Aix-Marseille in France. During the debate on the French Biodiversity Bill in 2016, Professor Garello presented a study on the Economic Facts About Palm Oil Taxation in France, outlining why a new Palm Oil tax was ‘factually and materially wrong’.

Q – French Senators put forward in early 2016 a proposal for an additional tax on Palm Oil. As … Read More

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