TRADE FOR ALL: The Implications of EU Trade Policy for Malaysian Palm Oil

The EU’s record on trade is patchy. It garnered the reputation as ‘Fortress Europe’ from its agricultural policies and technical standards, which were designed to shield the bloc’s farmers from international competitors.

More recently, it has looked to environmental regulations and health measures as a method of erecting regulatory barriers – mostly to favour European products over imports, or to reduce the competitive advantage of products from outside … Read More

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ICYMI: European Experts Comment on Deforestation Report

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.

EurActiv: Opinion on the ‘Palm Oil and Deforestation’ report

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

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Claim- Member of the European Parliament, Katerina Konecna, of the far-left GUE Group, claims in a draft European Parliament report that: “precious tropical ecosystems, which cover a mere 7% of the Earth’s surface, are under increasing pressure from deforestation and the establishment of palm oil plantations.” (Paragraph E)

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This is an absurd statement. The European Commission’s own research has pointed out that the largest threats from agriculture for forests are beef, soybean and maize. This is backed up by research from the Centre for Global Development and the New York Declaration on Forests which points out that tropical deforestation from beef is around nine times higher than palm oil. Deforestation from soybean is around twice that of … Read More

Malaysian Palm Oil Council: ‘Beyond Certification’?

In July, a number of environmental commentators talked about the state of certification in the palm oil market. Scott Poynton of The Forest Trust said parts of the industry – including his own organisation – are moving ‘beyond certification’.

Specifically, Poynton said: “The [top reasons the commodity supply chains need to move beyond certification] is that [first] the standards are too weak and have fallen behind the pace of innovation … Read More

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Response to the Written Question from Senator Muriel Targnion

On December 24, 2012, the Belgian Senator Muriel Targnion tabled a parliamentary question which suggests a link between the consumption of palm oil and the development of breast cancer. Dr. Jean Graille, a Montpellier-based scientist specialized in the biotechnology of oils and lipochemistry, responded to the Senator, explaining that these statements were incorrect and that it was important to fully understand the scientific facts before making observations which could harm … Read More

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Environmental Regulation and Rising Input Costs May Hamper Efforts to Meet Global Food Demand – Says OECD

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), an international organization of 34 industrialized countries, recently pointed out that factors including environmental regulation and rising input costs might hurt our ability to meet future demand for food. Its remarks accompanied its estimate that the world will need to increase food and feed production by 60 percent by 2050 to meet rising demand, as populations grow and more people move away … Read More

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Former US Lawmaker Talks Important Role of Palm Oil in Food Security

Malaysian investment in Africa’s emerging palm oil sector have reached significant heights in the past several years, presenting a tremendous opportunity for the country’s rural communities, smallholders and consumers. This was the theme of a recent editorial by former US Congresswoman Eva Clayton in the New Straits Times.

Writing at the time of the international climate change debate taking place in Durban, Congresswoman Clayton expressed concern at the marginalization … Read More

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