Italian politicians defend palm oil

Italian politicians have submitted two resolutions to parliament defending palm oil in the face of anti-palm oil campaigns, calling it a raw material of fundamental importance for Italian industry.

Palm oil has come under attack in Italy – as it has elsewhere – for its links with deforestation in Southeast Asia, loss of habitats and biodiversity, and high levels of saturated fat. Politicians and NGOs, such as Il Fatto Alimentare , have spearheaded anti-palm oil sentiment.

However, Nuovo Centrodestra MP Dorina Bianchi, who put forward one of the resolutions, claims that the oil has been the focus of a political and media-driven smear campaign which is pushing companies to substitute palm oil with less environmentally friendly, lower yielding vegetable oils.

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