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Small Farmers Launch New Online Platform to Tell Their Story

The debate over oil palm cultivation and development has considered the crop in isolation, dehumanizing a crop that has fed and provided employment to millions. But much as corn growers in Iowa in the United States, and rapeseed farmers in France, oil palm cultivation has provided invaluable benefits to people throughout the world and history. Among those important benefits, such as the superior land efficiency of oil palms and the … 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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Italian Think Tank Discredits EU-Funded NGO Campaigns

The uphill struggle of the Malaysian palm oil sector against EU-funded NGO campaigns continues to grab headlines. On Sunday, The Star Online spoke of trade wars that are being waged in various forms against an industry that contributes over RM 50 billion to Malaysia’s GNI.

The article cited a newreport by Italian think tank LibertiamoTaxpayer Funding, NGO Collusion and Manufactured Crises. The authors of the report found … Read More

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Malaysian Small Farmers – Source of Inspiration and Prosperity

Small farmers throughout the developed world, from the United States to France to Australia, have always played an integral role in the identity of their respective countries. After all, the source of one’s sustenance is a stronger reflection of a country’s society than even blood. Food production has historically originated from the small producer, and it is in their homes that culinary traditions and cultural pastimes originate. In the United … Read More

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The Incredible Health Benefits of Palm Oil Discovered Through International Research

A recent article in Time Magazine reported that the promise of tocotrienols in the fight against cancer and the prevention of strokes is gathering force worldwide and that palm oil – rich in this form of vitamin E – finds itself at the forefront of research in this field.

Time Magazine reports that Pramod Khosla, an associate professor in the Department of Nutrition at Wayne State University in Detroit, says … Read More

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Palm Oil Has Tremendous Energy Potential; Food Continues to be Primary Driver of Expansion

Ongoing innovation in the palm oil sector is leading to incredible advances, many of which are contributing to the development of sustainable energy production. This includes the development of biomass based biofuels and rolling out of biogas capture facilities at palm oil mills – all developments that seek to realize the full potential from the oil palm beyond just the palm fruits that have driven the industry to date.

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Palm Biodiesel in Maritime Shipping Can Increase Trade and Sustainability

A new report by Dutch environmental consultancy Ecofys details the as yet unharnessed potential of biofuels for the maritime shipping sector, noting the dual advantage of cost reductions and increased sustainability. This is good news for Malaysian palm oil producers looking to export palm biodiesel to the European and American biofuel and food markets.

The authors of the report noted the environmental advantages of using biofuels for maritime transport and … Read More

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New Research to Show Palm Oil’s Health Benefits Greater than Previously Believed

The scientific community has for years demonstrated the unmatched health benefits of palm oil. As the world’s most abundant, low-cost and widely consumed vegetable oil, this is good for wealthy and developing world communities. Rich in beta carotenes and anti-oxidants, palm oil has for years been attributed with anti-aging properties as well as a critical source for LDL cholesterol (also known as the “good” cholesterol), according to recent comments by Read More

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Women Smallholders Vital to Achieving Malaysia’s Target of High Income Status by 2020

Palm oil has been a miracle crop for Malaysia’s smallholders, providing incomes that have led to hundreds of thousands being lifted out of poverty. Oil palm small farmers enjoy incomes four times greater than the national poverty level, while their communities benefit from the influx of business and social services that follow oil palm developments.

And these benefits are not solely provided to men, the traditional breadwinners in Malaysian society. … Read More

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Environmental Conservation Continues to Expand; Development Offset by Greater Conservation

Malaysia’s conservation efforts continue to ensure our country’s rapid progression to high-income status occurs in conjunction with some of the most ambitious commitments to biodiversity. Our country’s achievements include the recently announced establishment of the 22,000 Borneo Elephant Wildlife Sanctuary in the district of Kinabatangan with support from the Malaysian Palm Oil Wildlife Conservation Fund (MPOWCF), as well as the planned expansion of totally protected areas in Sarawak over the … Read More