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Shrimp and Black-Eyed Peas

This week, our recipe is going seaside. This filling dish blends the unique flavor of palm oil with black-eyed peas that create a tasty compliment for the shrimp in the dish. You can serve over rice or with vegetables to complete your meal.

Ingredients

1 and ½ cups dried black-eyed peas

salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

¾ cup palm oil

½ cup finely minced onion

2 cloves garlic, … Read More

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Sabah’s Director of Forestry on French TV5 Monde Answers Questions on Palm Oil

As part of its ongoing Q&A series, The Oil Palm has interviewed Datuk Sam Mannan, Sabah’s Director of Forestry and lifelong conservation expert. After joining the Sabah Forestry Department in 1980, Datuk Mannan has risen to become one of Malaysia’s most respected authorities on forestry related matters and an internationally acclaimed spokesperson on good forest management.

Recently, he has also featured in a documentary on palm oil, development and Read More

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Red Palm Split Chicken

This week’s recipe brings a new twist to the traditional chicken breast. By using a Red Palm Oil and Spice paste to marinate the chicken, this every day dish is given a new flavor paired with vegetables makes for a great meal everyone can enjoy.

Ingredients

Two split chicken breasts

1 tbsp red palm oil

1 tbsp smoked paprika

3 cloves garlic, minced

1 shallot, thinly sliced

A sprinkle of … Read More

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The Consequences of Getting It Wrong

In September 2012, Kabeh Sumbo, a Liberian entrepreneur, participated in a panel discussion at the Clinton Global Initiative in New York City alongside her was President Ellen Johnson SirLeaf, U.S. Ambassador-at-Large Melanne Verveer and others.  The subject of the panel: the challenges facing women in the developing world.

Ms Sumbo offered a unique perspective as a woman that had to struggle to provide for her family until her establishment of … Read More

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Refried Quinoa

Ready in just minutes, this dish complements dozens of entrées. Quinoa originated in the Andes mountains of Bolivia and Peru as a staple food of the Incas. The flavorful red palm oil in this recipe makes the flavor and the color pop!

Ingredients
1/4 cup red palm oil

1 onion, diced

3 cloves garlic, crushed

5 to 6 cups cooked and thoroughly cooled quinoa

Directions
In a cast iron skillet … Read More

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The Brussels Biofuels Debate, Part III: MEP Vidal-Quadras Scraps ‘Deficient’ ILUC Factors From Commission’s Proposal

Spanish MEP and Draftsman for the influential Industry, Research and Energy Committee (ITRE), Alejo Vidal-Quadras, has dismissed the European Commission’s proposal to introduce Indirect Land Use Change (ILUC) factors as part of therevision of the Renewable Energy Directive (RED).

MEP Vidal-Quadras’ report, submitted to the ITRE Committee in the European Parliament, states that, ‘not enough scientific evidence is available to introduce ILUC factors into EU legislation’ and recognizes that the … Read More

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The Brussels Biofuels Debate, Part II: The French Attack Palm Oil Again

The French attack against palm oil continues, but this time out of Brussels. Corinne Lepage, a French Liberal MEP and the Rapporteur for the Revision of the Renewable Energy Directive (RED), has called for the introduction of a full ILUC factor for biodiesel use in the EU, in a report submitted to the European Parliament. MEP Lepage paid no attention to the mounting body of evidence highlighting the inherent uncertainty … Read More

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The Brussels Biofuels Debate, Part I: Palm Oil’s New Threat; The Revision of the Renewable Energy Directive and ILUC

The European Union is currently undergoing a revision of the Renewable Energy Directive (RED), which governs the EU’s biofuels policy. The debate in Brussels has been marked by intense debate over the most controversial proposal in the legislation: the introduction of an Indirect Land Use Change (ILUC) factor for biofuels. This new move is a transparent attempt by politicians in Europe to make it more difficult to export palm oil … Read More

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Palm Oil Bread

Bread has become a staple in diets across the globe. This week, we’re featuring a bread with a unique look and taste that is simply delicious. 

Ingredients
3/4 cups warm water

1 teaspoon sugar

2 teaspoons dry yeast

1/6 cup palm oil

1/4 cup cane sugar

2 cups whole wheat flour

1.5+ cups all purpose flour

1 pinch tablespoon salt

Directions
Put warm water in a large mixing bowl and … Read More

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New orang-utans populations discovered and protected in Malaysia

Malaysian government authorities have committed to protect a population of newly discovered orang-utans. The commitment highlights Malaysian conservation initiatives which effectively protect the country’s orang-utan populations and biodiversity.

The announcement calls into question accusations made by Western campaigners that orang-utans are threatened with rapid extinction in Malaysia, and that the palm oil industry is responsible for driving the alleged extinction.

While some forest lands zoned for agricultural development have been … Read More