- Posted September 17, 2012 by
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Palm Oil: The European Commission out-of-bounds!
There can be little doubt that the European Commission (EC) have hit the ball out of bounds in funding green group surrogates to carry out spurious attacks against palm oil purportedly to encourage healthy environmental practices in the developing countries but in reality the primary purpose of their fake environmentalism is to erect artificial barriers against palm oil to protect the EU’s own indigenous oilseed crops such as sunflower and rapeseed oil!
It is well established that the EU’s edible oil industries are hapless in the face of the rampantly hyper yielding palm oil. For instance, each hectare of palm oil plantation can produce a staggering 4-5 metric tons of edible oil and a best in class plantation can produce 8 metric tons of edible oil per hectare! Whilst EU sunflower oil farms produce a miniscule 0.53 metric tons of edible oil per hectare and rapeseed farms do not fare much better, hitting their genetic limit at 0.69 metric tons per hectare! Couple this with current R&D pointing to a potential genetic limit of 20 metric tons per hectare for palm oil, and it is little wonder why the European Commission should feel compelled to resort to underhanded schemes involving the funding of green groups to carry out patently dishonest palm oil campaigns based primarily on manufactured and false evidence against palm oil! (see: http://www.simedarbyplantation.com/upload/palmoilfactsandfigures.pdf)
If not for Italian civil libertarian group, Libertiamo, the Office of the Environment Directorate of the European Commission might have gotten away with their cynical scofflaw antics and this devious scheme would have remained concealed from the world! The international mainstream media themselves were fooled and many a news editor gave massive column inches and airtime to the utterly ugly falsehoods surrounding their claims that palm oil is causing such massive deforestation as to threaten the extinction of exotic wildlife such as the orangutan!
In a paper entitled Taxpayer Funding, NGO Collusion and Manufactured Crises: A Case Study of Malaysia and Palm Oil, Libertiamo points out that since 2005, the European Commission has provided nearly 5million (MYR 19,7 million) to the World Wildlife Fund and 4 million (MYR 15,8 million) to Friends of the Earth. Climate Action Network (CAN) also received nearly 1 million (MYR 3.9 million) in the past two years alone.
Says Libertiamo: European governments are spending significant sums ostensibly to engage in environmental advocacy in the developing world. It also noted that the degree of conservation in many of these countries regularly exceeds those efforts in Europe, as well as other developed countries!
Libertiamo concludes that NGOs have become "peddlers of half truths to drive donations and attract government largesse. And donor governments support them, in the interest of uncompetitive domestic industries and neo colonial ambitions. They should both be held to account!"
Libertiamo notes that the criticisms against the industry are regularly based on claims MANUFACTURED BY NGOs that are not backed up by hard evidence!
Noting the predilection of these NGOs to make spectacular claims, Libertiamo observed that one of the most commonly used is a statistic that in SE Asia alone, the equivalent of 300 football fields are deforested every hour for palm oil plantations, a claim that has been exposed as a significant distortion of facts by the FAO?s recent "State of the Forests 2011" report which observes that whilst rates of deforestation between 1990-2000 were high at a time of significant development in SE Asia, the trend had reversed dramatically between 2000-2010. Deforestation rates during this latter period "more than halved, making the NGO claims of rampant expansion entirely false!"
Note: Deforestation Watch aka Melbourne Zoo Watch was originally established to drive green issues on palm oil mainstream. However, Deforestation Watch has in the course of its existence evolved into Melbourne Zoo Watch and now considerable time and energy is spent on exposing the sly misdeeds and devious schemes of the Melbourne Zoo in using palm oil to surreptitiously raise funds for the zoo. www.deforestationwatch.org