Palm fruit oil is consumed worldwide in more than 100 countries. In some parts of the world, palm fruit oil is often still consumed in its unrefined state, as an ingredient of traditional dishes, where it contributes its characteristic golden red color and unique flavor. However, to most users, palm oil is more familiar as a refined vegetable oil product purchased at their local store and incorporated into their everyday … Read More
Best available data indicates that Malaysia maintains vast forested areas. Recently activists have claimed that much of this forest has been degraded, and accused Malaysian industry and government of mismanaging forest resources.
One recent study claims that little of the forests in the Malaysian States of Sarawak and Sabah remain in a pristine condition. According to the authors, Malaysian forests have been degraded due to repeated logging or clearance over … Read More
The European Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee has published a new report on EU-ASEAN relations. The report is supposed to be a tool for encouraging closer cooperation between Malaysia and the EU. In reality, this is a political tool for Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) to make poltiically-motivated statements about their feelings towards ASEAN countries, including Malaysia. As a result, the report contains major inaccuracies and untruths, and seeks … Read More
Malaysia, although relatively small in size, is endowed with some of the largest tropical forested areas in the world – according to the best available scientific data, including satellite imagery and international monitoring programs. Nonetheless, Western activists have attempted to deny this fact, as part of a campaign to oppose productive Malaysian industries.
The campaign is an attempt to stymie Malaysian development by limiting Malaysian extractive and agricultural industries. It … Read More
In Europe, the Renewable Energy Directive (RED) has been taken over by powerful protectionist agriculture interests in some European countries and has now become a trade-protection tool that is designed to protect domestic oilseeds, and to discriminate against cheaper, and superior, non-European biofuels, such as those made from palm oil. It is no longer an environmental or energy policy instead it is a trade-barrier policy.
On Tuesday 10th September, the … Read More
Belgian TV station RTL’s programme on palm oil offered a good case study in scare-mongering and poor journalism. It was also testament to palm oil’s on-going struggle to get a fair hearing based on scientific facts and verifiable evidence.
Guest speakers on the programme included a representative of Greenpeace – an organisation that publicly opposes oil palm development – and a ‘nutrition specialist’, who had previously spoken out against the … Read More
This week’s recipe mixes sweet and savory. Using your favorite pie crust recipe, this hearty meal is sure to satisfy everyone.
1 pie crust
1/4 cup butter
1 tablespoon palm oil
1 cup leeks, chopped
1 teaspoon garlic, minced
2 cups asparagus, chopped into 1/2-inch pieces
1 cup carrots, small dice
1 cup frozen peas
1/3 cup flour
1 teaspoon sage, finely chopped
1 tablespoon habanero sauce
1 3/4 … Read More
Less than a year after the defeat of the Nutella tax, the French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault reassured the Malaysian people that his government would reject all future attempts to introduce a tax on palm oil. PM Ayrault was speaking in occasion of a joint press conference held with Malaysian Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Najib Razak in Kuala Lumpur.
‘France is not hostile to palm oil. I wish to stress … Read More
Last week during their travels in Malaysia the French competition winners enjoyed Curry puffs cooked in palm oil. This week we are featuring that recipe. You can follow the adventures of the competition winners at www.theoilpalm.tumblr.com. Bon appétit!
60 ml palm oil
1 medium onion cut in two finely diced
2 tsp of any appropriate masala (kurma powder or Vindaloo Masala)
1 tsp chili powder
1 tsp … Read More
Stockpiles of palm oil have experienced the largest increase since 1999, rising more than 21 per cent to 9.5 million tonnes. In the past year, palm oil prices have fallen some 20 per cent, and some analysts have forecast that palm prices could drop even further later in the year.
But in Brussels, activists are making apocalyptic declarations of runaway commodity prices even pointing the finger at the palm oil … Read More