People in France, a country known for its iconic fields of rapeseed, sunflowers and vineyards, heard a lot about palm oil last week. Following an advertising campaign by Systeme U, a French retailer, that misrepresents the sustainability and health benefits of palm oil, palm oil producers from the Cote dIvoire descended on the country’s capital to advance a complaint before a business tribunal for false advertising. At the same time, … Read More
Malaysian Plantation Industries and Commodities Minister, Tan Sri Bernard Dompok, announced a Government-endorsed initiative to brand responsibly produced Malaysian palm oil.
Malaysian palm oil producers are already required under Malaysian law to produce sustainable, environmentally-friendly, and high quality palm oil.
Branding of this by the government will guarantee these attributes to consumers and global manufacturers, differentiating Malaysian palm oil from other palm oil sources.
Palm oil that is branded as … Read More
Research published in the journal Nature, is being misrepresented by activists to attack Malaysia’s management of peatlands, with the goal of reducing the attractiveness of palm oil in overseas markets. Activists allege that palm oil plantations in Malaysia are responsible for degrading peat swamps and causing CO2 emissions which contribute to climate change. This is yet another effort by Western governments – the US and Europe – and the NGOs … Read More
Malaysian investment in African palm oil has been widely welcomed by African governments who regulate and enforce national environmental standards; and the rural communities that embrace development opportunities associated with local palm oil industries. But despite the clear benefits from this investment for sustainably reducing poverty, NGOs have mounted aggressive campaigns to cease this development and mire communities throughout Africa in poverty.
NGOs such as WWF, Greenpeace and the Rainforest … Read More
New research by the world’s leading researchers in orang-utans just published in Plus One, have shown that Borneo’s current orang-utan population size is affected by events that occurred thousands of years ago. The research “suggests that in some sites at least, orang-utan populations were affected by demographic events that started before the recent anthropogenic effects that
Environmental activists have attacked the palm oil industry, claiming that orang-utan populations have decreased … Read More
American television talk show host and respected cardiothoracic surgeon, Dr Mehmet Oz, has recently discovered the ‘miraculous’ health benefits of red palm oil.
The palm oil industry is funding conservation efforts for the endangered banteng (otherwise known as wild cattle). The Danau Girang Field Centre and the Sabah Wildlife Department received RM1 million funding from the Sime Darby Foundation for a banteng conservation project.
Experts and industry officials throughout Europe are speaking out in support of Malaysian palm oil amid a visit by Malaysian officials including Minister for Plantation Industries and Commodities Tan Sri Bernard Dompok and representatives of the Malaysian palm oil industry. Minister Dompok and a delegation of Malaysian government and industry officials are visiting key European markets to meet with counterparts to highlight Malaysian businesses and exports.
In Bucharest, a leading … Read More