- Posted January 21, 2013 by
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Palm Oil: European Commission bullies Africa!
In many ways, my gut feel is that the European Commission (EC) has some remorse for the gaffe and misstep menagerie they have created over their funding of anti-palm oil campaigns by surrogate green groups!
What started out as a legitimate effort to help the EU’s own indigenous edible oil industries such as rapeseed and sunflower oils slowly degenerated into program of deception and subterfuge that would have done Machiavelli proud!
For these preposterous and outrageous schemes, the Mandarins who walk the halls of power in the Office of the Environmental Directorate of the EC have to shoulder most of the blame. They happily endorsed and funded anti-palm oil campaigns by green group surrogates that they were aware was based on manufactured and false evidence!
If not for Italian civil libertarian group, Libertiamo, they might have gotten away with it. However, in a carefully researched paper called “Taxpayer Funding, NGO Collusion and Manufactured Crises: A Case Study of Malaysia and Palm Oil,” Libertiamo points out that since 2005, the EC 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.
“…the criticisms against the industry are regularly based on claims manufactured by EU NGOs that are not backed up by hard evidence,” notes Libertiamo!
Libertiamo points out, “These green 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…”
Rather than to hold their hands up and admit that they have erred in seeking to rein in palm oil using surreptitious and dishonorable schemes, the EC now appears to have up the ante and doubled down on their nefarious activities by targeting African palm oil, using the same green group surrogates they had used for so long and so intensely against SE Asian palm oil!
It behooves one to ask, if they could not stop SE Asian palm oil’s growth, just how on earth could they contemplate defeating African palm oil? Despite their pouring in tons of funding into anti-palm oil campaigns possibly for a decade and certainly for the past half a decade, palm oil has emerged stronger in the world market! From a tiny third world commodity, palm oil is now the leading edible oil in the world market in spite of the attacks.
What the EC has failed to consider is that palm oil has some intrinsic properties that made it desirable to food and biofuel manufacturers and consumers alike! First the oil is packed with heart friendly nutrients such as the unique tocotrienol, betacarotene and Co Q10.Current R&D shows that it may also be a helpful in the prevention of strokes and certain cancers!
Secondly, palm oil is the preferred oil by food manufacturers in view of its innate heat tolerance qualities and neutral taste which made it highly desirable from the food manufacturing point of view. It natural high melting point also revolutionized confectionary food manufacturing, most famously justifying the Cadbury advertising claim that their products “melt in your mouth…not in your hands!”
Finally, the hyper yielding characteristics made palm oil so price competitive that this drove the EC to fund anti-palm oil campaigns, first in SE Asia and now in Africa! Considering the land mass of the African continent, it is small wonder the EC is in panic mode!
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