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The Oil Palm’s Q&A Series: Interview with Mr Kurt G. Berger

Mr Kurt G. Berger is a food technology expert based in the United Kingdom. Mr Berger first studied palm oil and its use in food applications in the 1950s, while working in the London research laboratory of a large food manufacturer. Mr Berger has spent 50 years researching the quality, function and practical application of the best food ingredients with the aim of continuously improving food products, positioning himself as … Read More

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Industry Efforts to Promote Palm Oil Stifled; Endangers Job Creation and Poverty Efforts

PETALING JAYA, July 8 The Belgian volunteer advertising arbiter, the Juridique Ethique Publicitaire (JEP), joined in the global campaign against palm oil with their decision against online advertisements by the Malaysian Palm Oil Council (MPOC). This decision is yet another unprecedented effort by Europe to ensure Malaysia cannot promote palm oil and stifle speech and debate about the palm oil industry. Siding with Western environmental organizations against smallholders in Malaysia … Read More

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Minister Dompok Highlights Benefits of Palm Oil in France

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

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New initiative to promote Malaysian responsible palm oil

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.

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Malaysian Biofuels Sustainable; Good Palm Oil Management Key

The environmental management of a crop is as important as the type of crop when it comes to emissions, according to a new study in Global Change Biology. The new research points out the fallacy of blaming a specific crop (e.g. palm oil) for emissions, when poorly managed alternatives can have greater environmental impacts.
Biofuels – in particular those derived from palm oil as a feedstock – offer a sustainable
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Misinformation Campaign Against Malaysia Peat Management

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

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Campaigners jeopardise investment in African development

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

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Malaysia 2013 Palm-Oil Output May Reach 18.9 Mln Tons -MPOB Official

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

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French Expert: Palm Oil Healthy Food Option

A leading French health expert speaking on French national radio clarified palm oil’s health benefits, following inaccurate anti-palm oil allegations that misinformed a national debate on taxing the vegetable oil.
Professor Bernard Guy Grand, Scientific Coordinator for a respected French health and food policy think-tank and a leading French health expert, argued that palm oil contains essential fats with a high melting point, making it healthier alternative hydrogenated vegetable
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US medical expert discovers the ‘miracle’ of palm oil

American television talk show host and respected cardiothoracic surgeon, Dr Mehmet Oz, has recently discovered the ‘miraculous’ health benefits of red palm oil.

In a recent episode of his widely viewed television show, the American doctor and Professor at Columbia University described the red color of the palm oil as a “stop sign for aging”. Dr Oz said that consuming the vegetable oil can fight the aging process, aid
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