- Posted January 28, 2013 by
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- The Rainforest Action Network in the pantheon of cheats on palm oil!
- The Rainforest Action Network sells out again…on palm oil!
- The Nobel Peace Prize to the EU made trite by the EC!
- RAN joins the ranks of doomsayers and cranks on palm oil: Disproven and Debunked
- RAN starts to limbo lower now in their attacks on Palm Oil
Palm Oil: The EU Commission's treachery on Africa!
When I contemplate on the actions of the European Commission (EC) in funding green groups who carry out anti-palm oil campaigns based largely on manufactured evidence, I often wonder whether they have the moral character of the young father to encourage a third world commodity rather than to seek to destroy it?
Publicly and sanctimoniously, the EC threw the book at corporations like Microsoft Corp. for violating the EU’s very stringent Competition Laws, the EU’s own version of US anti-trust regulations to encourage free competition.
Privately and surreptitiously, however, the EC itself has through its Environmental Directorate been merrily violating the EU’s own Competition Laws and WTO Rules by pouring in funds to green group surrogates like Friends of the Earth, Climate Action Network and the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) ostensibly to improve environmental practices in developing countries. Italian civil libertarian group, Libertiamo in an explosive expose points out that in reality, the EC’s funding of the aforementioned green groups were all cynically calculated to prop up their indigenous edible oilseed crops like rapeseed and sunflower, which are unable to compete on an equal footing with the rampantly higher yielding palm oil!
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!"
What the officials in the EC did not consider is the irreparable harm that they will wrought on the livelihood of tens of thousands of South East Asian small farmers who eke out a living cultivating palm oil and millions more who depend on the upstream and downstream production activities associated with it, in their over-exuberance to erect artificial trade barriers against palm oil. To protect the EU’s own edible oilseed industries, perhaps these officials could not care less that, unlike other edible oilseeds, 40% of global palm oil production is produced by small farmers!
What these crooks wearing the cloak of officialdom in the EC obviously did not consider is that the deforestation issues long used by the EC against palm oil would come back to bite them! Perhaps, the economic calamity that is befalling the EU is just poetic justice or karma!
To make matters worse, the EC now appears to have switched their attacks to Africa! If the gravamen of the charge against the EC was that it was unconscionable for the economic harm that they wrought on smallholders in SE Asia, the attacks against Africa is even more reprehensible!
In truth the broadsides launched against African palm oil by the EC’s surrogate attacks dogs, Greenpeace and the WWF along with some Africa based environmental groups do not surprise. It followed the well worn and overused lies that palm oil caused massive deforestation and land dislocation that displaced local communities that was used unsuccessfully for so long and so intensely against SE Asian palm oil!
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