EU-ASIA | The EU’s Palm Oil Conundrum

EU-ASIA | The EU’s Palm Oil Conundrum

Western societies that use palm oil to manufacture foodstuffs are becoming increasingly aware of the negative health aspects of the oil. Compared to other vegetable oils, palm provides both saturated and unsaturated fat with minimal other nutritional values once processed in foods. It is often used as a base or ‘bulking up’ product in many cheaply available packaged foods, such as biscuits, cakes, spreads, and ice creams. Because it is cheap to produce, it is present in over half of all American packaged goods [8]. This differs from Asia, where the oil is most used for frying and cooking.

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Commodity-driven Deforestation in Indonesia (FGD “Respon dan Posisi Indonesia terhadap Draft Delegated Regulation Uni Europa”)

Commodity-driven Deforestation in Indonesia (FGD “Respon dan Posisi Indonesia terhadap Draft Delegated Regulation Uni Europa”)

EU 2019 Report … on the status of production expansion of relevant food and feed crops worldwide (draft)

  • Indicates that 10-30% tree cover is debatable, but the continues to work with >10% threshold
  • Ignores potential for forest to grow as well as actual land use, as satellite imagery cannot accurately identify either
  • Assumes deforestation is solely driven by the main commodity, a serious oversimplification

GFW: “Loss” indicates the removal or mortality of tree cover and can be due to a variety of factors, including mechanical harvesting, fire, disease, or storm damage. As such, “loss” does not equate to deforestation. (http://commodities.globalforestwatch.org/#v=map&x=4&y=-26.07&l=3&lyrs=tcc%2ChansenLoss) For more information, see http://earthenginepartners.appspot.com/science-2013-global-forest/download_v1.5.html.

Ergo, no link between EU’s ‘expansion’ and the identified tree cover loss.

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TheGuardian | How the world got hooked on palm oil

TheGuardian | How the world got hooked on palm oil

Palm oil’s world domination is the result of five factors: first, it has replaced less healthy fats in foods in the west. Second, producers have pushed to keep its price low. Third, it has replaced more expensive oils in home and personal care products. Fourth, again because it is cheap, it has been widely adopted as cooking oil in Asian countries. Finally, as those Asian countries have grown richer, they have begun to consume more fat, much of it in the form of palm oil.

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Eco-Business |  Palm oil — can we enjoy it responsibly?

Eco-Business | Palm oil — can we enjoy it responsibly?

Colombia’s land use model is completely different from the one employed in Southeast Asia, as the country mainly cultivates palm oil on grasslands formerly used for livestock, or already transformed agricultural and forested areas, avoiding deforestation altogether. The country also invests in research and development of palm oil-based products and has established institutions to regulate palm oil supply chains with sustainability as a priority,

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