Saturated fats are not unhealthy. That is the clear, unambiguous conclusion from a new meta-analysis published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine (an affiliate of the world-renowned British Medical Journal). Leading scientists from the U.K. and U.S.A. stated in clear language that the world’s approach to saturated fats “urgently requires a paradigm shift … Despite popular belief among doctors and the public, the conceptual model of dietary saturated fat … Read More
Yesterday in Strasbourg, France, Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) voted through the report on Palm Oil & Deforestation. The report received a massive majority vote in favour. As a reminder, the text that MEPs supported calls for tariffs and non-tariff barriers against Palm Oil; unilateral EU interference in Palm Oil certification; and the banning of all Palm Oil biofuels in Europe, among other such impositions.
Ahead of the vote, … Read More
The Oil Palm would like to bring to your attention expert comments on Palm Oil that have recently appeared in the European media ahead of tomorrow’s vote on the Palm Oil & Deforestation Report in the European Parliament.
By Pierre Bois d’Enghien
‘The report’s stated aim is to advance sustainable forest management, and sustainable agricultural production. However, the recommendations put forward … Read More
In an opinion editorial featured in The Star, Belgian agronomist Pierre Bois d’Enghien writes about this week’s visit of French President Francois Hollande to Malaysia – and why the President should guarantee that Palm Oil will not be taxed in France.
By Pierre Bois d’Enghien
‘Francois Hollande’s visit to Malaysia is important for French business: according to French media … Read More
The Minister of Plantation Industries and Commodities, YB Datuk Seri Mah Siew Keong expressed concern on the recent voting of the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety of the European Parliament (ENVI Committee) on Motion 2016/2222(INI) which includes opinions of the Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development (AGRI), the Committee on International Trade (INTA), and the Committee on Development (DEVE) for a European Parliament Resolution on Palm … Read More
The European Parliament’s Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety is set to vote on a deeply-flawed draft report that contains a number of falsehoods about Palm Oil.
Let’s set the record straight.
Myth #1: The draft report claims that “Cultivation of palm oil over the last 20 years has been the cause of 20% of all deforestation.”
Fact: This is completely false and has disproved by the EU’s … Read More
NGOs and campaign groups rarely admit that they are wrong. They almost never admit that an industry that they have been campaigning against is right.
But that is effectively what the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) – a US-based campaign group – has done in relation to palm oil.
The campaign against palm oil is ever-evolving. In the 1980s and 1990s, the US soybean lobby campaigned on health grounds. Since 2000, the campaign shifted to environmental concerns, largely supported by the rapeseed and sunflower industries in Europe and led by radical Green NGOs.
In recent years this has taken on a new and more comprehensive approach. Its clear objective is to make palm oil ‘socially unacceptable’. This new approach … Read More
The Center for International Forest Research recently asked the question: “What will it take to make sustainable palm oil the norm?”
This is a question that NGOs often ask, and it’s often unqualified.
When NGOs ask, it’s a loaded question. It’s directed at Western companies and Western policymakers. It goes hand in hand with a series of assumptions about oil palm growing and palm oil production. First is that … Read More
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