Palm Oil & Protectionism: Fact-checking the European Parliament Report

Ahead of the vote on Palm Oil & Deforestation in the European Parliament on April 4th, The Oil Palm is fact-checking the Environment Committee’s Report.

Here are the Facts.

#8 – Competing Oilseeds

Claim

In Paragraph 83, the Report states –

Recommends finding and promoting more sustainable alternatives for biofuel use, such as European oils produced from domestically cultivated rape and sunflower seeds

Truth

The ENVI Report openly … Read More

Palm Oil & Biofuels: Fact-checking the European Parliament Report

Ahead of the vote on Palm Oil & Deforestation in the European Parliament on April 4th, The Oil Palm is fact-checking the Environment Committee’s Report.

Here are the Facts.

#6 – Expansion of Oil Palm

Claim

In Recital N, the Report states –

Oil palm cultivation is also taking off in other Asian countries, as well as in Africa and Latin America, where new plantations are constantly being Read More

Palm Oil & Environment: Fact-checking the European Parliament Report

Ahead of the vote on Palm Oil & Deforestation in the European Parliament on April 4th, The Oil Palm is fact-checking the Environment Committee’s Report.

Here are the Facts.

#4 – Environment

Claim

In Recital L, the Report states –

The establishment of palm oil plantations is resulting in massive forest fires, the drying up of rivers, soil erosion, peatland drainage, pollution of waterways and overall loss of Read More

Palm Oil & Trade: Fact-Checking the European Parliament Report

Ahead of the vote on Palm Oil & Deforestation in the European Parliament on April 4th, The Oil Palm is fact-checking the Environment Committee’s Report.

Here are the Facts.

#2 – Customs

Claim

In Paragraph 47, the Report states –

Calls on the Commission to consider applying different customs duty schemes reflecting the real costs associated with environmental burden; consider the introduction and application of non-discriminatory tariff and Read More

European Parliament Report on Palm Oil: Read the Facts

Ahead of the vote on Palm Oil & Deforestation in the European Parliament on April 4th, The Oil Palm is fact-checking the Environment Committee’s Report.

Here are the Facts.

#1 – Certification

Claim

In Paragraph 42, the Report states –

Major certification schemes do not effectively prohibit their members from converting rainforests or peatlands into palm plantations; considers therefore major certification schemes fail to effectively limit greenhouse gas Read More

Claim – The University of York has blamed oil palm plantations for restricting the movement of butterflies in Malaysia, based on research undertaken in Sabah.

Palm oil is no different to any other crop. Research on species movement and agriculture has been undertaken on all kinds of agriculture and forestry activities, covering any number of species and in a range of countries, including Europe. But studies on biodiversity and farming in Europe don’t try to blame any particular crop. The University of York attempts to do so clumsily and without justification. Is this problem … Read More

Claim- Radical MEPs submit anti-palm oil amendments to the European Parliament’s report on Palm Oil and Deforestation

Truth:

Members of the European Parliament’s Environment Committee (ENVI) have prepared a set of amendments to the Committee’s draft report on Palm Oil. The original report from MEP Katerina Konecna contains multiple factual errors and misconceptions.

The amendments show that MEP Konecna’s colleagues have adopted the same long-disproved anti-palm oil myths.

  • Multiple amendments claim that Palm Oil is the main cause of deforestation, a claim that has been debunked even
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Claim- Reuters ran a news piece with the headline “Plantations seen behind more than half Malaysian Borneo deforestation”. The story is based on a paper by CIFOR researchers.

Truth:

The story implies that Malaysia is an environmental bad-guy, and that plantations are the culprit.

But here are the facts. The dramatic headline is not in any way justified when you examine the actual data from the research.

The study looks at deforestation in Borneo between 1973 and 2015.

In Malaysian Borneo in 1973, total forest area was 15.1 million ha – a full two-thirds of the land area. … Read More

Claim- Food ‘journalist’ Joanna Blythman claims that food manufacturers should ‘eliminate palm oil’ because it is the ‘dirtiest ingredient on our shelves’.

Truth:

Blythman has a habit of dog-whistling on food. She’s gone after quinoa previously, only to have her story debunked by economists. She’s hounded respected academics for publishing research on organic food that she disagreed with, and drawn ire from medical researchers for her ‘emotional’ approach to organics.

Blythman claims that palm oil is a ‘driver of rainforest destruction’. As has been pointed out by a range of research … Read More

Claim- The NGO Union Concerned of Scientists has admitted palm oil deforestation is around one-tenth of commodities such as beef, and significantly lower than soy and maize.

Truth:

The UCS statement is a self-described mea culpa that shows MPOC has been right all along.

MPOC and other palm oil advocates have been writing about this for years. We have pointed to studies from the European Commission, the Centre for Global Development and Climate Focus that have proven the clear hypocrisy from environmental campaigners that are prepared to go after palm oil on deforestation grounds, but ignore … Read More

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