Claim- Member of the European Parliament, Katerina Konecna, of the far-left GUE Group, claims in a draft European Parliament report that: “companies trading in palm oil are generally unable to prove with certainty that the palm oil in their supply chain is not linked to deforestation.” (Paragraph C)

Truth

This claim is proven to be false, by significant recent research from international institutions. According to recent research in the New York Declaration on Forests,  beef is responsible for more than nine times the deforestation supposedly caused by palm oil.  Soybean is responsible for around double the deforestation caused by palm oil. Maize causes more deforestation that palm oil. So do pigs and poultry.

The most important finding … Read More

Claim- Member of the European Parliament, Katerina Konecna, of the far-left GUE Group, claims in a draft European Parliament report that: “palm oil as a component of biodiesel [should] be phased out by 2020” (Paragraph 16)

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This proposal would have negative effects on a) the EU’s GHG-reduction strategy; b) the EU’s advanced biomass plans and c) the incomes and livelihoods of hundreds of thousands of small farmers.

Palm oil is by far the most efficient oilseed in the world. Biodiesel from palm oil is therefore responsible for using far less land, and far less fertilizers and other inputs, compared to any other oilseed crop. … Read More

Claim- New European Parliament Report

MEP Katerina Konecna has written a draft report for the European Parliament entitled “palm oil and deforestation of rainforests”. The report’s goal to reduce the EU’s impact on deforestation is reasonable and laudable. However, MEP Konecna wrongly targets palm oil. The report is filled with untrue statements about palm oil that are contradicted by existing scientific and academic evidence.

The Oil Palm Truth will, over the coming days, outline the … Read More

Claim- RSPO’s New Planting Procedures (NPPs) are good for smallholders. 

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The RSPO’s NPPs have been subject to critical debate. NGOs have pushed for them to be tightened up since they were introduced in 2010. Producers have pointed out their problems, particularly for small farmers.

At last week’s RSPO meeting the NPPs were rolled back for small farmers.

The RSPO meeting was notable for not one, but two, motions by different producer groups calling for a review and temporary suspension … Read More

Claim-The EU’s Roadmap on Trans Fats states that replacing industrial Trans Fats with Palm Oil would have negative environmental impacts.

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This is yet another example of suboptimal policymaking from the European Commission and disregards global consensus on the need to remove TFAs from the food system.  In June 2015, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) took measures towards removing trans fats from processed foods by banning it from the food supply chain within three years. The FDA says that trans fats are not ‘recognised as safe’ and the … Read More

Claim- The EU Commission’s Director of Renewable Energy, Marie Donnelly, stated that the EU’s Renewable Energy Directive should be based on emotion rather than scientific facts.

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The fact that the European Commission openly admits that it bases policy not on facts, or science, or evidence, but ‘emotion’ is a sad day. This statement by EU Commission’s Director of Renewable Energy, Marie Donnelly, comes as EU officials get ready to revise the RED Directive.

For anyone in need of a refresher, the EU’s Renewable Energy Directive is being used as a discriminatory protectionist weapon against foreign … Read More

Welcome to The Oil Palm Truth Blog

Today, the Malaysian Palm Oil Council (MPOC) launches a new Blog – The Oil Palm Truth – that will provide fact-based real-time responses to negative campaigns against Palm Oil.

Facts are the best antidote to the baseless rumours spread by anti-Palm Oil Campaigners whether in relation to Health, Nutrition, Environment or Sustainable Development.

To learn more, sign up for The Oil Palm Truth, click on the link here or follow … Read More

Claim – Australian parliamentarian Jason Wood claimed in the Australian Parliament this week that: Palm Oil labelling in Australia is ‘misleading’; palm oil is unhealthy; causes mass deforestation in Malaysia; and is responsible for animal extinctions such as the orang-utan.

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Here are the facts.

Palm oil labelling in Australia is not ‘misleading’. All vegetable oils — whether palm, canola, sunflower — are simply labelled as ‘vegetable oil’. This is what is required by current regulations. The governments of Australia and New Zealand are currently deciding whether to change this system, to specify the origin of the vegetable oil.

Palm oil is not unhealthy. Saturated fats are consumed mainly … Read More

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