- Posted October 29, 2012 by
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The Cheyenne Mountain Zoo’s cynical exploitation of palm oil for gain!
In 1867, four years after Idaho was organized as a territory, Lafayette Cartee, the Surveyor General of the United States, commissioned Peter Bell to survey the new territory. Bell took a sledge and drove a brass post into a little knob on the summit of that butte, declaring it to be the initial point from which he began his survey.
The survey established the language of land description in Idaho: Townships are designated north and south of the initial point; ranges are designated east and west. With such descriptions, you always know exactly where you are.
However, with the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo’s feigned concern for the orangutan and using the premise to attack palm oil, the central crux of their palm oil attacks appear to be financial gain!
A look into the Zoo’s 2011/2012 Annual Audit Report shows up an interesting fact! Under the column that reads “Cash contributions restricted for long-term purposes” which shows that the zoo had received a whopper of a windfall of US$5,553,990 in 2012 nearly doubling its intake in 2011 of US$ 2,934,429!
This may not appear to be too alarming until you juxtapose it against Italian civil libertarian group, Libertiamo’s jaw dropping revelation that in pandering to the interests of the EU’s own indigenous edible oil industries, the Office of the Environment Directorate of the European Commission (EC) funded green group surrogates to carry out vicious attacks against palm oil, based as it turns out, on evidence that the EC is fully aware is based on manufactured and false evidence!
Says Libertiamo, an Italian civil libertarian group: European governments are spending significant sums ostensibly to engage in environmental advocacy in the developing world. In reality these campaigns were designed to prop up and protect the EU’s own indigenous edible oilseed industries which are hapless and unable to compete on a level playing field with the hyper yielding palm oil!
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!"
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!"
These same false accusations are now dredged up and used by the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo and a selected list of less conscionable zoos such as the Association of European Zoos and Australasian zoos such as the Melbourne Zoo and Auckland Zoo in a collective effort to reign in palm oil which is ironically probably ther most benign oilkseed crop, environmentally speaking!
One single hectare currently yields an average of 4.14 metric tons of edible oil whilst competitors like rapeseed produce, by comparison an insignificant yield of 0.69 metric tons, sunflower and even smaller yield of 0.43 metric tons and soy an even more miniscule yield of 0.37 metric tons per hectare! And that’s just average yield.
Any objective observer would be clued in immediately into the reasons for this baffling activism against an inherently environmentally friendly oilseed crop!
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