The Oil Palm

Growing Opposition to Discriminatory Palm Oil Tax

Opposition is growing to the proposed palm oil tax from within the French Parliament, in the French media, and by leading French economic and industry experts.

Food Navigator reports on the economic analysis commissioned by the Malaysian Palm Oil Council (MPOC), which demonstrated that no economic basis existed for the proposed palm oil tax. The CEO of MPOC, Dr Yusof Basiron, was quoted in the article describing the proposed tax as ‘flimsy and false’.

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Amendments were submitted in the French Parliament, proposing the total deletion of the tax. The centrist UDI political party declared that –

Firstly, this tax must be decided within a finance bill; and secondly, no impact assessment has been made. If the Committee has restricted the scope of this tax, it should be deleted at the moment.

The main opposition party in France, Les Républicains, also called for the tax to be deleted, citing palm oil’s many nutritional qualities –

This [Palm Oil] is not a toxic product but instead it has many nutritional qualities provided it is eaten in moderation, as is the case for butter.

The CEO of MPOC, Dr. Yusof Basiron, published an opinion editorial outlining how the tax is not justified by any of the arguments advanced by French Parliamentarians. He highlighted that:

“The differential tax proposed in the National Assembly is unworkable and unethical. It provides no clear definition of ‘sustainability’; no reasoning for how this would be implemented; and most damaging of all it would negatively impact over 300,000 small farmers in Malaysia whose livelihoods depend on palm oil. The tax on palm oil is not justified, on any of the grounds currently advanced by the French Members of Parliament”

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French experts are also condemning the tax. La Tribune published an article by leading French economist Cécile Philippe of the Molinari Institute, explaining that no environmental case exists for taxing palm oil despite the claims of environmental lobbyists: “Palm oil is not the environmental monster that has been portrayed…it is impossible to show that this new tax increase would preserve the environment”.

The largest European oils association, FEDIOL, also rejected the palm oil tax, stating that it is clearly discriminatory, and that “there have been repeated attempts to target palm oil”.

Read the full article in La Tribune here: