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Malaysian Palm Oil Trail: Chef Gerhard Albrecht on Using the Right Cooking Oil

Discover Chef Gerhard Albrecht’s use and interest of Malaysian palm oil!

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Le Chemin vers l’Huile de Palme Malaisienne: Chef Gerhard Albrecht – Utiliser la bonne huile de cuisson

Découvrez l’intérêt et l’usage de l’huile de palme Malaisienne par le Chef Gerhard Albrecht!

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Le Conseil Malaisien de l’Huile de Palme demande au Président Hollande d’abandonner la taxe discriminatoire sur l’huile de palme

Kuala Lumpur (25 Mai 2016) – Le Conseil Malaisien de l’Huile de Palme (MPOC) appelle les Sénateurs et Députés, qui sont réunis aujourd’hui dans le cadre de la Commission Mixte Paritaire, à rejeter la taxe discriminatoire sur l’huile de palme.

Le Président de MPOC, le Dr Yusof Basiron, a fait la déclaration suivante:

« Nous demandons aux Sénateurs et Députés de confirmer le vote du Sénat et de rejeter ainsi la taxe discriminatoire sur l’huile de palme. Cette taxe aura un impact sur plus de 300,000 petits producteurs en Malaisie, et est une violation des règles de l’OMC et commerciales de l’UE»

Autres déclarations

Food Navigator a écris un article sur une analyse économique commandée par le Conseil Malaisien de l’huile de palme, qui a démontré que la taxe sur l’huile de palme n’avait pas de fondement économique. L’auteur du rapport, le Professeur Pierre Garello de l’Université d’Aix-Marseille, a décrit les revendications en faveur de la taxe comme « factuellement et matériellement fausses ».

Lire l’article complet ici. Lire le rapport complet ici.

Des experts français, y compris Cécile Philippe de l’Institut Economique Molinari, ont souligné que la taxation de l’huile de palme ne pouvait être justifié pour des raisons environnementales. Cécile Philippe a écrit dans Le Tribune, « L’huile de palme n’est pas ce monstre environnemental qu’on veut nous dépeindre…il est impossible de montrer que cette nouvelle hausse de taxe préserverait l’environnement ».

Lire l’article ici.

Quelques informations clés sur l’huile de palme malaisienne

La Malaisie est le 2ème plus grand producteur mondial d’huile de palme, et l’un des plus grands exportateurs. Le Conseil Malaisien de l’huile de palme (MPOC) représente les intérêts des producteurs et petits cultivateurs d’huile de palme en Malaisie. 40% de toutes les plantations d’huile de palme en Malaisie appartiennent ou sont cultivées par des petits agriculteurs, qui ont tiré de grands bénéfices de la culture d’huile de palme. L’huile de palme a permis la réduction de la pauvreté de 50% en 1960 à moins de 5% aujourd’hui. 570 000 emplois directs dépendent de l’industrie de l’huile de palme et 290 000 emplois indirects en découlent.

L’impact économique de l’huile de palme

Selon les analyses économiques d’Europe Economics, l’huile de palme contribue nettement à l’économie française. 4600 emplois dépendent des importations d’huile de palme en France ; 167M d’euros sont payés chaque année en impôts ; et plus de 323M d’euros du PIB français reviennent aux importations d’huile de palme.

Une volonté politique ferme de préserver l’environnement

Les allégations selon lesquelles que la Malaisie participe à la déforestation et la destruction massive de la biodiversité sont mensongères. Le gouvernement malaisien s’est engagé à protéger au moins 50% de sa forêt – un engagement environnemental concret et visionnaire qu’aucun autre pays n’a égalé jusqu’ici, y compris la France

Cet engagement a été reconnu par les Nations Unies et la Banque Mondiale, parmi d’autres institutions. La Malaisie est un précurseur mondial en matière de protection de la forêt.

La Malaisie est en outre engagée pour un équilibre politique entre le développement de l’agriculture (y compris celui de l’huile de palme) et la protection de la forêt. L’huile de palme couvre à peine 0,3% des terres agricoles dans le monde, et possède le meilleur rendement de toutes les plantes oléagineuses.

Santé et Nutrition

L’huile de palme est une huile équilibrée, comprenant 50% d’acides gras saturés et 50% d’acides gras insaturés. Cet équilibre permet d’excellentes qualités en termes de cuisson et de production alimentaire. L’huile de palme est exempte d’OGM et a aussi été utilisé en Europe comme substitution aux acides gras trans nocifs pour la santé.

Plusieurs scientifiques et experts en France et à travers l’Europe ont confirmé que l’huile de palme ne représente pas de dangers pour la santé, et les quantités consommées en Europe sont tout à fait normales.

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Malaysian Palm Oil Council to President Hollande: Drop the Discriminatory Palm Oil Tax

Kuala Lumpur (25 May 2016) – The Malaysian Palm Oil Council calls on Senators and MPs meeting today before the Commission Mixte Paritaire to reject the discriminatory tax against palm oil.

The CEO of MPOC, Dr Yusof Basiron, issued the following statement:

“We urge Senators and MPs to affirm the decision of the Senate and reject the discriminatory tax against palm oil. The tax hurts more than 300,000 small farmers in Malaysia alone, and is a violation of WTO and EU Trade rules.

Here is what others are saying

Food Navigator has reported on an economic analysis commissioned by the Malaysian Palm Oil Council (MPOC), which demonstrated that no economic basis existed for the proposed palm oil tax. The report’s author, University of Aix-Marseille Professor Pierre Garello, describes the claims in favour of the tax as “factually and materially wrong”.

Read the full article here.  Read the full report here.

French experts, including Cécile Philippe from the Institut Economique Molinari, have pointed out the fact that no environmental case exists for taxing palm oil. Ms. Philippe writes in La Tribune, “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”.

Read the full article here.

Key Facts about Malaysian Palm Oil

Malaysia is the second-largest producer of palm oil, and a major exporter. The Malaysian Palm Oil Council (MPOC) represents the interests of palm oil growers and small farmers, in Malaysia.

40% of all palm oil plantations in Malaysia are owned or farmed by small farmers, who have benefited from oil palm cultivation. Palm oil has been a major factor in Malaysia reducing poverty from 50% in the 1960s, down to less than 5% today. The palm oil industry directly employs more than 570,000 people, with another 290,000 people employed downstream.

Economic Impact of Palm Oil in France

According to respected economic analysts Europe Economics, palm oil contributes substantially to the French economy. 4,600 jobs in France are dependent on palm oil imports; palm oil contributes 167m EUR in tax revenue to France; and over 323m EUR in French GDP is attributed to palm oil imports.

Environment

The allegation that Malaysia is deforesting and destroying biodiversity is inaccurate. The Malaysian Government has committed to protecting at least 50% of land area as forest – a bold and far-sighted environmental commitment that no other country has matched, including France.

This commitment by Malaysia has been recognized by the United Nations and the World Bank. Malaysia is a recognized world-leader in forest protection.

Malaysia is committed to a balanced policy that allows for both land development for agriculture (including palm oil) and forest protection. Palm oil covers just 0.03% of the world’s agricultural land, and has the highest yield of any oilseed crop.

Health & Nutrition

Palm oil is a balanced oil, with 50% saturated and 50% unsaturated fatty acids. This balance provides excellent qualities for baking and food production. Palm oil is free of GMOs, and has been used as a replacement for dangerous trans fats, in Europe.

Multiple researchers and experts in France and across Europe confirm that palm oil is safe. A study from the French Foundation for Food & Health, explained that palm oil is not hazardous, and the amounts consumed in Europe are perfectly normal.

Similarly, a study in 2014 from the Mario Negri Institute in Milan, authored by Drs Elena Fattore and Roberto Fanelli, confirmed this point. The study found no evidence that palm oil is harmful.

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Norway to Developing Countries: Do As I Say, Not As I Do

The Financial Times reports that Norway is moving ever closer to allowing toxic waste to be dumped in pristine wildlife-supporting fjords, as well as opening up new areas of Norway’s natural habitats for fossil fuel development.

Obviously this is about as hypocritical as it gets, even Norwegian environmentalists are calling it so.

This news may be surprising to some: the international media’s focus on Norway is normally that of an environmental hero: hectoring and lecturing developing countries on how they must “do better”, sponsoring awards and in particular how developing countries must forgo development, jobs and prosperity, in order to better protect the environment.

Norway’ Government, however, does not stop at mere words. Norway’s vast sovereign wealth fund – the largest in the world – is wielded as a bullying weapon, divesting from companies or industries that Norway’s Government has deemed unsuitable – the same Government that now plans to dump toxic waste into the sea, and drill for oil under pristine Arctic habitats. We’ll come back to why the Government finds these choices necessary, below.

What does this have to do with palm oil? Everything.

The Norwegian Government, and their sovereign wealth fund, have declared a war against palm oil.  They have financed a campaign in Indonesia to prevent jobs and industries from being created, they have divested from Malaysian Palm Oil companies due to “unacceptable risk of…severe environmental damage” and so on.  These actions and claims now ring hollow.

To make matters worse, unlike Norway’s source of wealth, palm oil is a renewable resource for both food and energy. It is the world’s most efficient vegetable oil, providing essential nutrients to billions around the world, including in the poorest countries. Palm oil has also been recognized by scientific institutions around the world as the most land-efficient and productive oilseed crop – meaning it saves land, as less is used in producing oils. These human and environmental benefits are real, and it illustrates the folly of Norway’s policy against palm oil.

Let’s take Malaysia’s environmental record: in 1992 at the Rio Earth Summit, the Malaysian Government promised to protect a minimum of 50 per cent of land as forest area. That commitment is still in place. The most recent United Nations FAO report on Global Forests showed that Malaysia’s current forest protection regime – safeguarding forest area of over 67 per cent – is an example to the world.

So why does the Norwegian Government tell developing countries like Malaysia do as I say and not as I do?  Here’s a possible reason: the Krone has lost significant value and the Norwegian oil industry is “in a crisis,” according to Bente Nyland, director general of the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate.  This sums it up.  The Norwegian economy is a fossil fuel economy, and it is dying. It’s no wonder the oil industry is looking for new fields to pump dry, and for new places to dump their toxic waste.

One would think this new reality that is setting in across Norway following the American shale boom would provide a lesson in humility to the Norwegian Government. Unfortunately, it probably won’t.  So in the meantime, a quick lesson in how the world really works. Economic development is a right for Malaysians just as it is for Norwegians, and that includes Malaysia’s conversion of forests for agricultural purposes like palm oil. Now that Norway’s environmental hypocrisy is clear for all to see, things have to change.

The unjustified Norwegian campaign against palm oil needs to end, in the interests of all involved. Malaysian small palm oil farmers would be free to develop their land, as is their right, without fear of Norwegian bullying – and the Norwegians themselves will have more time to focus on their own country’s environmental problems, rather than interfering abroad. It’s time to end the campaign.

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What Do We Really Know About Saturated Fats?

A general argument often endorsed in the media suggests that intake of any saturated fat should be reduced due to potential links to high risks of coronary heart disease (CHD).

In an interview with Global Oils & Fats Business Magazine, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom, Global Cardiovascular Health senior research associate Dr Rajiv Chowdhury discusses his latest findings on saturated fats and cardiovascular disease, and the new debate on fats and nutrition.

He explains his views on these broad assumptions that were based on somewhat inconsistent evidence.

He also expresses the need for public health practitioners to better inform consumers about the significant health risks associated with consuming trans fats.

Your study, published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, generated a lot of interest. Can you explain the findings of the study?

Our meta-analysis, published in March 2014, investigated how fatty acids consumption or circulating composition might be related to future risk of CHD.

According to Dr Rajiv, the meta-analysis found no significant association for total or composite saturated fats in the diet with the risk of heart disease.
According to Dr Rajiv, the meta-analysis found no significant association for total or composite saturated fats in the diet with the risk of heart disease.

In our analyses, we included estimates from observational studies that measured “total” fatty acids from dietary intake; observational biomarkers studies that looked at “individual” fatty acid subtypes; and randomised controlled trials of fatty acid supplementation.

Taken together, this quantitative review combined data from 72 unique studies involving over 600,000 participants from approximately 20 countries.

First, we considered results on dietary total fatty acid intake from 32 prospective studies (with 512,420 participants).

We found essentially nil associations for total saturated, monounsaturated and omega-6 polyunsaturated fatty acids with CHD, whereas intake of long-chain omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids was associated with lower CHD risk, and intake of trans fatty acids was associated with higher CHD risk.

Second, we considered results on individual circulating fatty acid subtypes from 17 prospective biomarker studies (with 25,721 participants).

We found a significant inverse association between margaric acid and CHD, and non-significant positive associations of palmitic and stearic acids with CHD.

We found some evidence that circulating levels of eicosapentaenoic and docosahexaenoic acid (the two main types of long-chain omega-3), and arachidonic acid, were each associated with lower CHD risk.

Third, we considered 27 randomised controlled trials of fatty acid supplementation or replacement (with 105,085 participants).

In aggregate, these trials have not suggested clear benefits after supplementation with alpha-linolenic acid or with long-chain omega-3 fatty acid, or replacement of saturated fats with omega-6 polyunsaturated fatty acid.

Real full interview here

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Anne Zagré

L’importance de l’huile de palme dans le développement de l’Afrique

Dans cette récente vidéo, l’athlète Belge Anne Zagré aborde le sujet de l’huile de palme et le rôle important qu’elle joue dans le développement de l’Afrique. Anne nous explique l’impact positif que l’huile de palme a eu dans la lutte contre la pauvreté et la sécurité alimentaire à travers le continent Africain. Pour en savoir plus sur Anne et l’huile de palme, regardez sa nouvelle vidéo ici: 

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Le Conseil Malaisien de l’Huile de Palme félicite le Senat Français d’avoir rejeter l’impôt discriminatoire sur l’huile de palme

Kuala Lumpur – Le Conseil Malaisien de l’Huile de Palme (MPOC) salue le vote par le Sénat français concernant le rejet de la taxe discriminatoire contre l’huile de palme.

La taxe est une violation de l’OMC et des règles commerciales de l’UE. Elle aurait un impact négatif sur les relations Franco-Malaisienne, et contribuerait à mettre 300,000 petits producteurs d’huile de palme en situation précaire. L’effort des sénateurs Catherine Deroche, Catherine Procaccia et Charles Revet est une victoire logique.

Le Président de MPOC, le Dr Yusof Basiron, a fait la déclaration suivante:

“La Malaisie remercie le Sénat français d’avoir rejeter la taxe du gouvernement Français sur l’huile de palme. Le Sénat a résisté et soutenu les petits producteurs en Malaisie, qui seraient les plus touchés par cette taxe”.

“Je rends hommage aux sénateurs Catherine Deroche, Catherine Procaccia et Charles Revet, ainsi qu’à tous les membres de la Commission Développement durable, qui ont voté en faveur de la suppression de la taxe. Les sénateurs n’ont pas seulement aidé les petits producteurs d’huile de palme, mais soutiennent également les relations Franco-Malaisienne”.

“Le vote du Sénat sonne comme une prise de conscience, et le gouvernement français devrait maintenant abandonner cette campagne fiscale contre l’huile de palme”.

Quelques informations clés sur l’huile de palme malaisienne

La Malaisie est le 2ème plus grand producteur mondial d’huile de palme, et l’un des plus grands exportateurs. Le Conseil Malaisien de l’huile de palme (MPOC) représente les intérêts des producteurs et petits cultivateurs d’huile de palme en Malaisie.

40% de toutes les plantations d’huile de palme en Malaisie appartiennent ou sont cultivées par des petits agriculteurs, qui ont tiré de grands bénéfices de la culture d’huile de palme. L’huile de palme a permis la réduction de la pauvreté de 50% en 1960 à moins de 5% aujourd’hui. 570 000 emplois directs dépendent de l’industrie de l’huile de palme et 290 000 emplois indirects en découlent.

L’impact économique de l’huile de palme

Selon les analyses économiques d’Europe Economics, l’huile de palme contribue nettement à l’économie française. 4600 emplois dépendent des importations d’huile de palme en France ; 167M d’euros sont payés chaque année en impôts ; et plus de 323M d’euros du PIB français reviennent aux importations d’huile de palme.

Une volonté politique ferme de préserver l’environnement

Les allégations selon lesquelles que la Malaisie participe à la déforestation et la destruction massive de la biodiversité sont mensongères. Le gouvernement malaisien s’est engagé à protéger au moins 50% de sa forêt – un engagement environnemental concret et visionnaire qu’aucun autre pays n’a égalé jusqu’ici, y compris la France.

Cet engagement a été reconnu par les Nations Unies et la Banque Mondiale, parmi d’autres institutions. La Malaisie est un précurseur mondial en matière de protection de la forêt.

La Malaisie est en outre engagée pour un équilibre politique entre le développement de l’agriculture (y compris celui de l’huile de palme) et la protection de la forêt. L’huile de palme couvre à peine 0,3% des terres agricoles dans le monde, et possède le meilleur rendement de toutes les plantes oléagineuses.

Santé et Nutrition

L’huile de palme est une huile équilibrée, comprenant 50% d’acides gras saturés et 50% d’acides gras insaturés. Cet équilibre permet d’excellentes qualités en termes de cuisson et de production alimentaire.

L’huile de palme est exempte d’OGM et a aussi été utilisé en Europe comme substitution aux acides gras trans nocifs pour la santé.

Plusieurs scientifiques et experts en France et à travers l’Europe ont confirmé que l’huile de palme ne représente pas de dangers pour la santé, et les quantités consommées en Europe sont tout à fait normales.

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Malaysian Palm Oil Council Applauds French Senate for Rejecting Discriminatory Palm Oil Tax

Kuala Lumpur – The Malaysian Palm Oil Council applauds the vote by the French Senate to reject the discriminatory tax against palm oil.

The planned tax is a violation of WTO and EU trade rules, would negatively impact France-Malaysia relations, and would contribute to putting 300,000 small palm oil farmers out of work. The effort of Senators Catherine Deroche, Catherine Procaccia and Charles Revet is a victory for common sense.

The CEO of MPOC, Dr Yusof Basiron, issued the following statement:

“Malaysia thanks the French Senate for rejecting the French Government’s misguided palm oil tax. The Senate has stood up and supported small farmers in Malaysia, who would be badly impacted by this tax”.

 “I pay tribute to Senators Catherine Deroche, Catherine Procaccia and Charles Revet, and all members of the Sustainable Development Committee, who voted in favor of removing the tax. Senators have helped not just small palm oil farmers, but the wider cause of France-Malaysia relations as well”.

 “The Senate vote should be a wake-up call, and the French Government should now drop this tax campaign against palm oil”.

Key Facts about Malaysian Palm Oil

Malaysia is the second-largest producer of palm oil, and a major exporter. The Malaysian Palm Oil Council (MPOC) represents the interests of palm oil growers and small farmers, in Malaysia.

40% of all palm oil plantations in Malaysia are owned or farmed by small farmers, who have benefited from oil palm cultivation. Palm oil has been a major factor in Malaysia reducing poverty from 50% in the 1960s, down to less than 5% today. The palm oil industry directly employs more than 570,000 people, with another 290,000 people employed downstream.

Economic Impact of Palm Oil in France

According to respected economic analysts Europe Economics, palm oil contributes substantially to the French economy. 4,600 jobs in France are dependent on palm oil imports; palm oil contributes 167m EUR in tax revenue to France; and over 323m EUR in French GDP is attributed to palm oil imports.

Environment

The allegation that Malaysia is deforesting and destroying biodiversity is inaccurate. The Malaysian Government has committed to protecting at least 50% of land area as forest – a bold and far-sighted environmental commitment that no other country has matched, including France.

This commitment by Malaysia has been recognized by the United Nations and the World Bank. Malaysia is a recognized world-leader in forest protection.

Malaysia is committed to a balanced policy that allows for both land development for agriculture (including palm oil) and forest protection. Palm oil covers just 0.03% of the world’s agricultural land, and has the highest yield of any oilseed crop.

Health & Nutrition

Palm oil is a balanced oil, with 50% saturated and 50% unsaturated fatty acids. This balance provides excellent qualities for baking and food production. Palm oil is free of GMOs, and has been used as a replacement for dangerous trans fats, in Europe.

Multiple researchers and experts in France and across Europe confirm that palm oil is safe. A study from the French Foundation for Food & Health, explained that palm oil is not hazardous, and the amounts consumed in Europe are perfectly normal.

Similarly, a study in 2014 from the Mario Negri Institute in Milan, authored by Drs Elena Fattore and Roberto Fanelli, confirmed this point. The study found no evidence that palm oil is harmful.

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French Senate’s Palm Oil Tax: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

Last week, the French Senate’s Sustainable Development Committee rejected the discriminatory tax against Palm Oil, showing their support to 300,000 Malaysian small Palm Oil farmers and more broadly to France-Malaysia relations. This was a good step in the right direction.

Upon learning of the Committee’s rejection of the tax, the CEO of the Malaysian Palm Oil Council, Dr Yusof Basiron, remarked that it was time for “President Hollande to reject the tax,” and that the “game of appeasing special interests at home at the expense of France, and Europe’s, relations in South East Asia, needs to come to an end.”

However, the rejection by the Committee was not the end of the legislative process.

The bad news for Malaysian Palm Oil is that Senators from the Communists, Greens, and Socialists, have now tabled amendments to reinstate the Palm Oil tax. Senators Evelyn Dider (Communist); Jean-Jacques Filleul (Socialist); and Ronan Dantec (Greens) have demanded that the tax passed by the National Assembly also be supported by the Senate.

These amendments will be considered at the plenary session. The Senate plenary debate will start on Tuesday 10 May and a vote is expected on Thursday 12 May.

Once the Senate passes the Bill this week – either with or without the palm oil tax – the Bill is expected to move to a Mixed Parity Committee (CMP). The CMP is a Committee composed of members of both the National Assembly and Senate, with the aim of finding an agreement. The text of the Bill will be amended during the CMP discussions. The reality of this means that even if the Senate plenary sessions this week removes the palm oil tax – the tax could still be reintroduced into the Bill at the CMP stage.

In summary, the vote in the Sustainable Development Committee was a good step in the right direction; the re-tabling of the tax by Senators was a bad retrograde move; and the vote in the Senate this week could bring the ugly reality of a Palm Oil tax back to life.

New French Attempts to Tax Palm Oil Coming

If the Biodiversity Bill doesn’t include a Palm Oil tax increase, it is likely that Green Senators will continue their attempts to reintroduce the tax in the forthcoming food products debate in the French Parliament.

Socialist MP Razzy Hammadi is currently drafting an opinion report on the taxation of food products. The report is expected to be finalized before the summer, and casual observers of the palm oil debate in Paris believe this will form the basis for a finance bill in late 2016.

Holding French Leaders Accountable

In 2013, then-Prime Minister Ayrault promised not to tax Palm Oil; President Hollande has promised not to increase taxes at all. As part of this promise, the Palm Oil tax proposal must be dropped completely. The Senate’s Sustainable Development Committee took a step in the right direction: Senators from the Communists and the Green – as well as Socialists – have taken a step backwards. Now it is up to President Hollande to follow through on his word and that of his governments