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Allegations Against Malaysian Palm Oil Industry on Orang-utans Unfounded; Disruptive to Conservation Efforts

The Malaysian government and palm oil industry today mark the start of the Sabah Wildlife Conservation Colloquium (SWCC 2012), which aims to highlight conservation efforts undertaken in the Borneo. The conference underlines the efforts of the Malaysian government and the palm oil industrywith regards to biodiversity conservation and CSR programs, and to highlight conservation studies by reputable research institutions and conservation NGOs. In addition, three State Action Plans will be … Read More

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Kelewele – Spicy Fried Plantains

Originally from Ghana, these flavorful fried plantain cubes are now served around the world. Consider adding nutmeg, cinnamon or red pepper flakes to give it your own twist!


4 -6 plantains, bananas, ripe, but not past ripe, peeled and cut into bite-sized cubes

1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper or 1/2 teaspoon red pepper

1/2 teaspoon peeled grated fresh gingerroot

1 teaspoon salt

2 tablespoons water

palm oil for frying

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Interview with Dr. Jean Graille

Dr Jean Graille is a scientific expert of biotechnology with a focus on fats and lipids. Dr Graille completed his studies at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Chimie de Marseille [National Chemical Engineering Institute of Marseilles]. He began working as a researcher at the Institut des Corps Gras [Institute for Fats and Oils] (ITERG) before continuing his extensive scientific career in the Agribusiness Program of CIRAD where he managed the … Read More

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Emerging Western Defenders of Palm Oil

Palm oil has been a golden crop for Malaysia, supporting societal advancement that has benefited hundreds of thousands of rural workers, supporting domestic and regional food security and giving the world a healthy, sustainable vegetable oil source.

Despite all these benefits, Western NGOs  including those funded by Western governments have sought to shame palm oil based on false environmental allegations. And some Western governments have been a party to this … Read More

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Exclusive Interviews with the Win a Trip to Malaysia Competition Winners!

The Oil Palm held exclusive interviews with the three lucky French consumers who recently won the trip of a lifetime to Malaysia. Mimoun Zeghdad, Patrick Lombard and Stephane Levy were invited to talk about their participation in the competition and why palm oil is important to them as French consumers.

Mimoun Zeghdad, from Hérault in southern France, told The Oil Palm that palm oil was as important to Malaysian small … Read More

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Red Palm Oil Bell Pepper Rice (with tomatoes and onions)

This is a traditional West African dish. Locals recommend serving the stew with rice to soak up the delectable sauce!


1/4 cup red palm oil

3 cups brown rice

3 large cloves garlic

1 small onion (or half a large one)

1 medium tomato

1 ground black pepper

3 tsps. sea salt

6 cups water

1-2 medium-large bell peppers, chopped and steamed


Brown rice in red palm oil, … 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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Strong potential for Malaysian biodiesel exports to US market

Commentators have highlighted the growing competitiveness of Malaysian biodiesel exports, leading to expectations that sustainable Malaysian biodiesel exports into the US market will increase over the coming year.

This could have significant positive environmental impacts. Substituting US fossil fuel consumption with cost effective Malaysian palm oil biodiesel that are shown to emit fewer greenhouse gases can help reduce global GhG emissions.

However, US policy may yet restrict imports of sustainable … Read More

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Prosperity and Opportunity in Malaysian Palm Oil

The Malaysian palm oil industry has remarkable accomplishments for which to be proud. Poverty reduced by 90 per cent since 1960 (when the national poverty rate was almost 50 per cent); more than 570,000 people directly employed; 5 million hectares cultivated, with more than 56 per cent of Malaysia’s land under conservation. This accomplishments have benefited the state, but it is the producers and workers in the industry that are … Read More

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Norway penalises responsible and sustainable Malaysian palm oil

A large global pension fund administered by the Norwegian Government has divested from a number of palm oil producing companies in developing countries. The Norwegian Government Pension Fund Global (GPFG) has reportedly divested from a number of Southeast Asian palm oil producers and agribusiness companies, citing concerns about the sustainability of palm oil production.

The fund has provided no independent evidence of unsustainable practices to support the divestment decision. Palm … Read More