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
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
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
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
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
The article in The Diplomat is replete with untruths and previously-debunked claims. The most egregious is the attempt to blame palm oil. It is a lazy conclusion, that ignores clear evidence to the contrary.
It is generally understood by forest and environment experts in the field that the causes of the fires are complex. However, even a basic look at the available satellite data for Sumatra – the … Read More
This group of well-meaning schoolchildren is being ruthlessly exploited by hidden NGOs with an aggressive anti-palm oil agenda. It is sad to see the lengths that the NGOs will go: using Western expat kids as props to attack small farmers of palm oil.
Here are the facts. First, this is not a journalistic article. It is environmental propaganda. The New Yorker actually admits this. In very small print at the foot of the article, it is acknowledged that the piece is supported by FERN, a radical Green NGO that consistently makes false claims.
The FERN-supported New Yorker piece attempts to link violence with oil palm plantations in different parts of … Read More
The documentary is deliberately misleading. The experiment in question was not about palm oil; but rather about saturated fats in general . Nutritionists pointed out in follow-up articles that saturated fat intake should not be blamed on palm oil – the biggest source of saturated fats are dairy and meat products.
The original claim that orang-utans are declining by 1,000 per year was first published in early 2001 by Dutch researcher Carl van Schaik. The research referred to the specific years of 1998 and 1999 – almost 20 years ago – and specifically to the Sumatran sub-species of orangutan. However, this ancient statistic has not survived the test of time. According to modern, more recent estimates, the population of Sumatran … Read More