US Distortion of Palm Biodiesel Cannot Change the Facts

Efforts to associate emissions with land use of the oil palm sector reflect a profound distortion of the carbon sequestration capabilities of oil palm plantations according to Tan Sri Dr Yusof Basiron, CEO of the Malaysian Palm Oil Council. While the European Union and the United States seek to apply land use change emissions to palm biodiesel, in an effort to disqualify its use in their biofuel sectors, the industry … Read More

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Anti-Palm Oil Activists Fail the Kosher Test

As Malaysia works to improve palm oil industry practices, from developing biogas facilities and finding new uses for oil palm biomass, environmental activists continue to pressure our industry to conform to misguided constraints on our operations.

This is nothing new – Malaysia has been forced to defend against campaigns by competing market providers of oils ever since we began to challenge the supremacy of Western vegetable oil producers. As a … Read More

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Minister Dompok Applauds Malaysia’s Conservation Efforts; Calls for Greater Collaboration

In opening remarks before the Sabah Wildlife Conservation Colloquium (SWCC) yesterday, Minister for Plantation Industries and Commodities Bernard Dompok applauded efforts by the Government and private industry to preserve the country’s unparalleled biodiversity and natural endowments. And while acknowledging the success of these efforts, including the Malaysian Palm Oil Wildlife Conservation Fund (MPOWCF), Minister Dompok stressed the inherent benefits of the oil palm in supporting conservation and contributing to greater … Read More

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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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Technological breakthrough to achieving zero effluent discharge

Dr. Ishenny Mohd Noor of Universiti Malaya has recently presented new technology that can be used to convert Palm Oil Mill Effluent (POME) into Biopro Diesel and Biopro Fertilizer. This new technology uses waste water generated from palm oil mills and converts it into fuel and fertilizer – the latter for use in agriculture and the former for use in transport vehicles and electricity generation.

The conversion of POME into … Read More

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There’s Something Not Kosher About The Sustainability Movement

There’s Something Not Kosher About The Sustainability Movement
Amy Ridenour’s National Center Blog, Jeff Stier, December 7, 2011

It has become increasingly fashionable among some in my Jewish community to promote the notion that kosher food must be, what they call, “sustainable.” First, it is important to understand that kosher food laws are strictly religious in nature; it is a myth that they kosher foods are healthier, safer, or even … Read More

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Former US Lawmaker Talks Important Role of Palm Oil in Food Security

Malaysian investment in Africa’s emerging palm oil sector have reached significant heights in the past several years, presenting a tremendous opportunity for the country’s rural communities, smallholders and consumers. This was the theme of a recent editorial by former US Congresswoman Eva Clayton in the New Straits Times.

Writing at the time of the international climate change debate taking place in Durban, Congresswoman Clayton expressed concern at the marginalization … Read More

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MPOC CEO: Fact-based Promotion for Palm Oil

Prior to the 9th annual meeting of the Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil that took place last week in Malaysia, Tan Sri Dr Yusof Basiron, CEO of the Malaysian Palm Oil Council, published on his blog a prediction that environmental organizations would use the event as an opportunity to further their campaigns against the crop, at the expense of Malaysia, palm oil producers, and the hungry and poor throughout the … Read More

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Palm Oil Seed Profits Providing for Retired Soldiers

Hundreds of thousands of Malaysians have benefitted from the economic prosperity provided by the palm oil industry. From smallholders harvesting their plots of land financed by the Federal Land Development Authority (FELDA) to workers in oil mills that contribute to a more sustainable and efficient oil mill process through the use of excess steam for rural electrification, the industry has proven to be a model for innovation and economic prosperity. … Read More

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Palm Oil Seed Profits Providing for Retired Soldiers

Hundreds of thousands of Malaysians have benefitted from the economic prosperity provided by the palm oil industry. From smallholders harvesting their plots of land financed by the Federal Land Development Authority (FELDA) to workers in oil mills that contribute to a more sustainable and efficient oil mill process through the use of excess steam for rural electrification, the industry has proven to be a model for innovation and economic prosperity. … Read More

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