- Posted February 18, 2013 by
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Libertiamo exposes the European Commission’s Role in the Scam of the Century against Palm Oil!
An Italian civil libertarian group, appropriately named Libertiamo, has been discovering little pieces of evidence that point towards the European Commission’s (EC) role in what could potentially be one of the biggest scams of the century. Their recently published expose which is entitled “Taxpayer Funding, NGO Collusion and Manufactured Crises: A Case Study of Malaysia and Palm Oil” brings together all the shocking evidence of the European Commission using surrogate green NGO’s as their puppets.
Libertiamo claims that since as far back as 2005, the EC had been providing large amounts of funds to various groups in order to back their campaign to smear the palm oil industry. This includes 5 million Euros to the World Wildlife Fund, 4 million Euros to Friends of the Earth, and 1 million Euros to Climate Action Network. This says Libertiamo, is “despite evidence of a positive environmental record by the palm oil industry.”
The European Commission continues to fund these NGO’s despite the fact that much of their claims are based on “manufactured” and false evidence. That the EC would back such campaigns without any hard evidence is baffling, that is until you realize that they do have an ulterior motive. Palm oil is far superior in terms of marketability when compared to the EU’s indigenous edible oils such as sunflower and rapeseed oil, and it would appear that the EC wants to stifle palm oil in order to promote these oils.
Libertiamo have noted that these NGO’s have effectively sold out and aligned their objectives with that of the EC, probably to keep the funding flowing in. The Italian civil libertarian group also highlighted some of the ways in which these NGO’s have made attempts to spread propaganda of the palm oil industry such as the commonly used claim “that in SE Asia alone, the equivalent of 300 football fields are deforested every hour for palm oil plantations,”. This has been the main theme of the on-going campaigns to discredit the palm oil industry, and the fact that the European Commission chooses to fund them points to a scam of epic proportions.
However, this claim 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!"
This obsessive mission of the EC to protect the EU’s own indigenous edible oilseed industries against palm oil at all costs and to try to help restore economic order to a regional grouping fallen on emasculated times has taken a quixotic turn – an embarrassing expose of their huckstering for their own edible oil industries such as rape and sunflower oil all marinated in anti-competition bias. This for an organization that projects itself as a guardian and bastion of free competition makes the EC a laughing stock!
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