What is the Price of Palm Oil?

Written by Laurel Sutherlin

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Frequently_Asked_Questions_About_Palm_OilWhat is palm oil? Why are rainforests being burned down for palm oil? How can you help stop rainforests from being burned down for palm oil?

These are good questions—and we have answers.

Here’s everything you need to know about the world’s most widely used edible oil. Read all about it in this blog, or better yet, download this palm oil FAQ as a PDF and share it with everyone you know.

Top Ten Frequently Asked Questions about Palm Oil

1. What is palm oil?

Palm oil is a globally traded agricultural commodity that touches our lives in every trip we make to the supermarket. Palm oil is an edible vegetable oil derived from pulping the fruit of oil palms originally native to Africa. Palm oil is commonly used as a cooking oil in Africa, Southeast Asia and parts of Brazil and its consumption is on the rise worldwide. The recent rise in the use of palm oil in the US food industry has resulted largely from changed labeling requirements that have caused a switch away from using trans fats. Palm oil is semi-solid at room temperatures and along with coconut oil, is one of the few highly saturated vegetable fats.

2. Why is palm oil a problem?

Palm oil has become one of the world’s leading causes of rainforest destruction. Unchecked expansion has pushed palm oil plantations into the heart of some of the world’s most culturally and biologically diverse ecosystems and palm oil is among the biggest threats driving iconic wildlife species like the Critically Endangered Sumatran orangutan and the Endangered Borneo orangutan to the brink of extinction in Indonesia and Borneo Malaysia.

This large-scale destruction of rainforests and carbon-rich peatland landscapes is releasing globally significant quantities of carbon pollution into the atmosphere, making palm oil a major global driver of human induced climate change.

The production of palm oil is also responsible for widespread human rights violations as palm oil companies often forcefully remove Indigenous Peoples and rural communities from their lands. Child labor and modern day slavery are known to occur on palm oil plantations in both Indonesia and Malaysia.

3. What is ‘sustainable’ palm oil?

The term ‘sustainable palm oil’ has been diluted and overused as a greenwashing tactic to the point that it is no longer a useful term to distinguish good palm oil from bad. Consumers are being misled by labels on products that say ‘RSPO certified sustainable palm oil.’ Many of the companies that use these labels are in fact still causing rainforest and peatland destruction.

Companies that produce, trade and use palm oil must go beyond the inadequate standards of the RSPO to be truly responsible. This is why RAN is encouraging companies to only use ‘responsible’ palm oil. We use the term ‘responsible’ palm oil to describe palm oil that has been produced from known sources without contributing to deforestation, species extinction, high greenhouse gas emissions or human rights violations.

4. What about the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO)?

The RSPO is a multi-stakeholder certification system for palm oil. The RSPO holds promise, but as of yet it has failed to live up to its potential because the standards it uses to determine if a member company is ‘certified sustainable’ has major flaws. The RSPO continues to certify companies that are destroying rainforests and peatlands and causing high greenhouse gas emissions. The RSPO has a poor track record of enforcing its standards and resolving disputes between RSPO members and certified palm oil companies and rural communities.

Companies cannot just make commitments to buy palm oil from RSPO members or only use RSPO certified palm oil and consider the problem solved. Companies need to develop their own palm oil purchasing policy that requires their suppliers to provide them with truly responsible palm oil.

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5. What alternative oil do you recommend to replace palm oil?

RAN is asking snack food companies to reduce their overall consumption of controversial palm oil and to make sure that any palm oil they use has not resulted in forest destruction or human rights violations. Food manufacturing companies can also use oils that are not grown in the tropics and have been produced responsibly including olive oil, canola oil, corn oil and safflower oil. The American Heart Association also recommends eating these monounsaturated oils and polyunsaturated fats instead of processed palm oil. Another option in the tropics is coconut oil.

It is important to note that all edible oils have an environmental and social foot print and any oil or oil blend used to replace palm oil should meet the same rigorous environmental, social and supply chain transparency safeguards.

6. Is palm oil healthy?

The science is not entirely settled and health claims about the virtues of palm oil are largely hearsay and based on the properties of fresh and unprocessed palm oil and not the highly processed food additive widely used in packaged foods. The World Health Organization, the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases and the USDA’s Agriculture Research Service all recommend against consuming palm oil and other tropical oils high in saturated fats.

7. What is palm oil used for?

Palm oil is found in roughly 50% of packaged goods sold in US or European grocery stores. Palm oil and its derivatives are used in a remarkable array of products, such as ice cream, cookies, crackers, chocolate products, cereals, breakfast bars, cake mixes, doughnuts, potato chips, instant noodles, frozen sweets and meals, baby formula, margarine, and dry and canned soups.  Palm oil is also the most widely used frying oil in the world and is commonly used in the American fast food industry for products such as French fries.

The palm oil industry has grown dramatically over the past few decades and palm oil now accounts for a quarter of global vegetable oil consumption and nearly 60% of the global trade in vegetable oils. In the U.S. alone, palm oil imports have jumped 485% in the last decade. Besides foods, it is widely used in detergents, soaps, cosmetics and other household goods. It is also used as a biofuel.

8. What ingredient names is palm oil listed under?

Under current regulations, it is legal for food manufacturers to list palm oil simply as “vegetable oil.”  Here is a partial list of other names for palm oil-derived ingredients:

  • Palm Kernel Oil (PKO) and PKO fractionations: Palm Kernel Stearin (PKs); Palm Kernel Olein (PKOo)
  • Partially Hydrogenated Palm and Palm Kernel Oil (PHP(K)O)
  • Fractionated Palm and Palm Kernel Oil (FP(K)O)
  • Organic Palm Oil and Palm Kernel Oil (OP(K)O)
  • Palmitate – Vitamin A or Ascorbyl Palmitate
  • Sodium Laureth Sulphate and Sodium Lauryl Sulphates
  • Sodium dodecyl Sulphate (SDS or NaDS)
  • Elaeis Guineensis
  • Glyceryl Stearate and Stearic Acid
  • Steareth -2 and Steareth -20
  • Sodium Lauryl Sulphate and Sodium Lauryl sulfoacetate
  • Hydrated palm glycerides
  • Sodium isostearoyl lactylaye
  • Cetyl palmitate and octyl palmitate

9. What is RAN’s palm oil campaign strategy? Why doesn’t RAN call for a full boycott?

RAN’s palm oil campaign is seeking to expose and break the link between America’s favorite snack foods and controversial palm oil that is driving forest destruction and human rights violations. We are raising awareness in the American public and mobilizing grassroots pressure to convince snack food companies to demand controversy free palm oil from their suppliers.

RAN is asking snack food companies to take the following steps to reform their palm oil supply chains:

1.Define their values including protecting forests and biodiversity and making the decision to eliminate controversial palm oil from their supply chains.

2.Develop and implement a palm oil purchasing policy that will build demand for palm oil that is produced with strict environmental and social safeguards.

3.Invest in understanding their supply chains so they can trace the palm oil they use and can tell customers where and how their palm oil was produced.

4.Make and implement a plan with a clear timeline to stop purchasing palm oil from controversial producers.

5.Require their suppliers to provide them with 100% responsible palm oil.

Palm oil has become so ubiquitous that an effective boycott would be nearly impossible. If our approach is successful, snack food companies will demand that their suppliers adopt safeguards and traders like Cargill and IOI will then need to provide an incentive for palm oil producers to meet the rising demand for responsible palm oil.

10. What can I do? How can I get involved?

The crisis caused by palm oil is urgent and the stakes are high, but luckily there is something you can do about it. First, we can all become more conscious of our own consumption and waste of highly processed foods manufactured by massive international corporations and make more fresh and local food choices.

Then, please join with RAN and send a message to America’s favorite 20 snack food companies that they need to cut controversial palm oil out of their supply chains.

Join the Palm Oil Action Team. RAN is building a national grassroots movement and we need your help!

Call or write your favorite snack food companies today and ask them to cut palm oil tied to rainforest destruction and human rights violations out of their supply chains.

Sign and deliver a ‘Call for Responsible Palm Oil’ comment card to your local grocery store that sells snack foods – or write your own.

Make a donation to RAN’s ambitious new campaign calling on the US snack food industry to help stop the destruction of Indonesia’s rainforests for palm oil.

21 Comments For This Post I'd Love to Hear Yours!

  1. Cynthia says:

    Thanks for a great article–I make natural soaps, but don’t use palm oil because of these issues. This is the perfect reference to help my customers understand!

  2. In such a “me” World, it is so hard to reach and come to a good alternative for our Fellow Beings…Our Earth is dying as we speak and all the destruction continues…It needs to stop, and it needs to stop now!! Not another minute should go by without everyone considering what their actions are doing to help or hurt this Planet, and then to react on it…The insanity just keeps going, Mankind keeps raping this Planet over and over again, she’s just not going to take it anymore…ACT NOW, because tomorrow is too LATE…The Countries that are importing Palm Oil are going to have to refuse it and our Manufacturing Companies are going to have to use only sustainable products that are no harm to Man nor Beast….When there is no Money for Palm Oil, maybe just maybe the rest of what’s left of the Rainforests will survive…As our Rainforests are such an important part of our “ECO-SYSTEMS”…

  3. Krysta says:

    Thank you so much for this informative article.

  4. Ronald Blom says:

    Its sad only one time Biofuel is mentioned. so i wonder if we can trust the writer of the above article.
    Read more: “Biofuel”: EU Destroys 700,000 Hectares of Rainforest ! PLEASE SIGN ! ! https://www.rainforest-rescue.org/mailalert/908/biofuel-eu-destroys-700-000-hectares-of-rainforest?mt=1604&v=0&ref=nl

  5. Ronald Blom says:

    Companies who make money with the murder off the total biodiversity off the rainforest’s.
    Everyone who wants to know why the bio / fuel the demise of this planet. Ps Bio-fuel is carried by the shell and all the other oil companies are obliged blended with all fuels. This is made possible through the lobby of Shell in Brussels. http://www.greenthefilm.com/

    THE BANKS AND FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS SUPPORTING IN THE ABOVE INDUSTRIES

    World Bank

    International Monetary Fund (IMF)

    International Finance Corporation (IFC)

    World Trade Organization (WTO)

    Asian Development Bank (ADB)

    World Resources Institute (WRI)

    COFACE – France

    Export Credits Guarentee Department (ECGD) – United Kingdom

    Export Import Bank (EX-IM) – USA

    Overseas Economic Cooperation Fund – Japan

    Finnvera – Finland

    Export Development Canada – Canada

    Export Credit Guarantee Board – Sweden

    CellMark – Sweden

    Gerling-NCM – Germany

    National Machinery Equipment Import Export Corporation (CMEC) – China

    China Export & Credit Insurance Corporation – China

    Sinar Mas Bank – Indonesia

    ABN Amro Bank – Indonesia

    Bank Central Asia – Indonesia

    Bank Mandiri – Indonesia

    Babobank Duta – Indonesia

    Bank DBS – Indonesia

    Bank Panin – Indonesia

    Bank Resona Perdania – Indonesia

    Danareksa Securities – Indonesia

    OCBC Bank – Singapore

    DBS Bank – Singapore

    AFC Merchant Bank – Singapore

    CIBM Group – Malaysia

    Malayan Banking – Malaysia

    SOCFIN – Belgium

    Sipet – Belgium

    Bank Brussels Lambert – Belgium

    Raifeisen Zentralbank Österreich AG – Austria

    Andritz – Austria

    Rabobank – Netherlands

    ING Bank- Netherlands

    Fortis Bank – Netherlands

    German Development Bank (DEG) – Germany

    Deutsche Bank – Germany

    Commerzbank – Germany

    HSH Nordbank AG – Germany

    HSBC – United Kingdom

    Legal & General – United Kingdom

    Barclays – United Kingdom

    Standard Chartered Bank – United Kingdom

    Royal Bank of Scotland – United Kingdom

    Edinburgh Java Trust – United Kingdom

    Collins Stewart – United Kingdom

    Loyds Bank – United Kingdom

    Numis Corporation – United Kingdom

    Astra Zeneca – Sweden / United Kingdom

    UBS – Switzerland

    Credit Suisse – Switzerland

    Goldman Sachs – Switzerland

    Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi (UFJ) – Japan

    Mizuho Bank – Japan

    Vivendi Water – France

    Natixis – France

    BNP Paribas – France

    Credit Agricole – France

    AXA – France

    Société Générale – France

    Citibank – USA

    Cornell Capital Partners – USA

    Merrill Lynch – USA

    Morgan Stanley – USA

    JP Morgan Chase – USA

    Lehman Brothers – USA

    Amroc – USA

    Blackrock – USA

    DEFORESTATION OF INDONESIA IS MADE POSSIBLE BY :

    THE COMPANIES BEHIND THE WOOD INDUSTRY

    Sinar Mas Group – Indonesia

    Salim Group – Indonesia

    Barito Pacific Group – Indonesia

    Bakrie & Brothers Group – Indonesia

    Tanjung Lingga – Indonesia

    Astra International – Indonesia

    Djajanti Group – Indonesia

    Kalimanis Group – Indonesia

    Kayu Lapis Group – Indonesia

    Korindo Group – Indonesia

    Gudang Garam – Indonesia

    Raja Garuda Mas Group – Indonesia

    PT Uniseraya Group – Indonesia

    PT Diamond Raya – Indonesia

    Mitra Usaha Sejati Abadi (MUSA) – Indonesia

    Surya Dumai – Indonesia

    Sumalindo Lestari Jaya Group – Indonesia

    PT Inhutani – Indonesia

    Benua Indah Group – Indonesia

    Lyman Group – Indonesia

    Alas Kusuma Group – Indonesia

    Sumber Mas Group Samarinda – Indonesia

    Hasko Group – Indonesia

    Central Cipta Murdaya Group – Indonesia

    PT Tanjung Kreasi – Indonesia

    Rimbunan Hijau – Malaysia

    WTK Group – Malaysia

    Samling Global Limited – Malaysia

    Kerwara Limited – Malaysia

    THE COMPANIES BEHIND PULP AND PAPER INDUSTRY

    Sinar Mas Group- Indonesia

    Asia Pulp and Paper (APP) – Indonesia

    Indah Kiat – Indonesia

    Kertas Nusantura – Indonesia

    Kalimanis Group – Indonesia

    Raja Garuda Mas – Indonesia

    Kiani Kertas – Indonesia

    Raja Garuda Mas International – Indonesia

    Asia Pacific Ressources International Holdings (APRIL) – Indonesia

    PT Inti Indorayon Utama – Indonesia

    PT Riau Andalan Pulp and Paper – Indonesia

    PT Tanjung Enim Lestari Pulp and Paper (TEL) – Indonesia

    PT Musi Hutan Persada Pacific Timber – Indonesia

    PT Arara Abadi – Indonesia

    United Fiber System Limited (Unifiber) – Singapore

    Jaakko Pöyry – Finland

    THE COMPANIES BEHIND THE PALM OIL PRODUCTION

    Sinar Mas Group – Indonesia

    Astra Agro Lestari – Indonesia

    Raja Garuda Mas International – Indonesia

    Asian Agri – Indonesia

    Salim Group – Indonesia

    Inti Indosawit Subur – Indonesia

    Musim Mas Group – Indonesia

    Duta Palma – Indonesia

    Inexco – Indonesia

    Indofood Sukses Makmur – Indonesia

    Makin Group – Indonesia

    London Sumatra – Indonesia

    Bakrie and Brothers – Indonesia

    Anglo Eastern Plantations Plc – Indonesia

    First Resources Limited – Indonesia

    Agro Group – Indonesia

    Austindo Nusantara Jaya – Indonesia

    Surya Dumai Group – Indonesia

    Sime Darby Group – Malaysia

    IOI Group – Malaysia

    JC Chang Group – Malaysia

    Guthrie – Malaysia

    Golden Hope – Malaysia

    Kuala Lumpur Kepong – Malaysia

    Asiatic Development – Malaysia

    Boustead Holdings – Malaysia

    United Plantations – Malaysia

    IJM Plantations – Malaysia

    Tradewinds Plantation – Malaysia

    Golden Agri – Singapore

    CTP Holdings Pte Ltd – Singapore

    Wilmar / Kuok / ADM – USA

    Cargill – USA

    MP Evans Group – United Kingdom

    Socfindo – Belgium

    THE COMPANIES TRADING OR BUYING WOOD PRODUCTS FROM INDONESIA

    CSH Industrial Group – Singapore

    Aeonic International Trade – Singapore

    Wajilam Exports – Singapore

    Jason Parquet – Singapore

    Neeshai Trading – Singapore

    Nature Wood – SIngapore

    Chippel Overseas Supplies – Singapore

    Tong Hin Timber Group – Singapore

    Sitra Holdings – Singapore

    Chiang Leng Hup Plywood – Singapore

    Pargan – Singapore

    Sunlight Mercantile – Singapore

    Sunrise Doors International – Singapore

    Wason Industries – Singapore

    Dowlet Trading Enterprises – Singapore

    Pan Majestic Holdings – Malaysia

    Acmeco Ventures – Malaysia

    Flooring Box – Malaysia

    Hok Lai Timber – Malaysia

    Kim Teck Lee Timber Flooring – Malaysia

    McCorry Group – Malaysia

    Sumec International Technology Trade – China

    Jiangsu Kuaile Wood Industry Group – China

    Xiamen Xinda Import Export Trading Company – China

    Sino Forest Corporation – China

    Celandine Co. – China

    Montague Meyer – United Kingdom

    Wolseley Group – United Kingdom

    Homebase – United Kingdom

    Habitat – United Kingdom

    International Plywood – United Kingdom

    Premier Forest Products – United Kingdom

    Kingfisher Group (B&Q, Castorama, Brico Dépôts, Hornbach) – United Kingdom

    John Lewis – United Kingdom

    Travis Perkins – United Kingdom

    Kiani – United Kingdom

    Wolseley Group – United Kingdom

    Maison du Monde – United Kingdom

    Jewson – United Kingdom

    Allied Carpets – United Kingdom

    Caledonian Plywood – United Kingdom

    Cipta – United Kingdom

    Wood International Agency – United Kingdom

    Armstrong World Industries – USA

    Lowe’s – USA

    Koch Industries Inc. – USA

    Chesapeake Hardwoods – USA

    Plywood Tropics – USA

    Geogia Pacific – USA

    Taraca Pacific – USA

    North Pacific Lumber – USA`

    Far East American – USA

    IHLO sales & Imports – USA

    The Home Depot – USA

    Les Mousquetaires (Bricomarché) – France

    Leroy Merlin – France

    Saint Gobain Group (Point P / Lapeyre / Jewson / Raab Karcher / Dahl) – France

    Maison Coloniale – France

    Pier Import – France

    Pont Meyer – Netherlands

    Hoek Lopik – Netherlands

    Oldeboom – Netherlands

    Tarkett – Germany

    Possling – Germany

    Roggemenn – Germany

    Daiken – Japan

    Seihuko – Japan

    Nippindo – Japan

    Kahrs – Sweden

    IKEA – Sweden

    DLH Group – Denmark

    Junckers – Denmark

    Finnforest – Finland

    FEPCO – Belgium

    Glencore International – Switzerland

    Goodfellow – Canada

    THE COMPANIES TRADING PULP AND PAPER FROM INDONESIA

    United Fiber System Limited (Unifiber) – Singapore

    PaperlinX Asia – Singapore

    International Paper Company – USA

    Weyerhaeuser Company – USA

    Kimberly-Clark – USA

    MeadWestvaco Corporation – USA

    Procter & Gamble – USA

    Koch Industries – USA

    OJI Paper – Japan

    Nippon Paper Group – Japan

    Sumitomo Forestry Co – Japan

    Marubeni Corporation – Japan

    Itochu -Japan

    Marubeni – Japan

    Sojitz – Japan

    Stora Enso Oyj – Finland

    UPM-Kymmene Corporation – Finland

    Metsälliitto – Finland

    Cellmark – Sweden

    Bomo-Cypap Pulp and Paper– Cyprus

    THE COMPANIES TRADING OR BUYING PALM OIL FROM INDONESIA

    Sinar Mas Group – Indonesia

    Permata Hijau Sawit – Indonesia

    Golden Agri – Indonesia

    Indofood Sukses Makmur – Indonesia

    Arnott Indonesia – Indonesia

    Wilmar Group – Singapore

    Charleston Holdings (Tropical Oil Products) – Singapore

    Pacific Rim Plantations Services – Singapore

    Olam International – Singapore

    Intercontinental Oils and Fats – Singapore

    Lam Soon – Singapore

    Kuok Group – Malaysia

    Sime Darby – Malaysia

    Giant – Malaysia

    Mitsui & Co – Malaysia

    Yee Lee Corporation – Malaysia

    Intercontinental Specialty Fats – Malaysia

    SSD Oils Mills Co – India

    Nirma – India

    Hindustan Lever – India

    Godrej Industries – India

    China Grains & Oils Group Corporation – China

    China National Vegetable Oil Corporation – China

    Beijing Orient-Huaken Cereal & Oil – China

    Beijing Heyirong Cereals & Oils – China

    Cargill – USA

    Bunge – USA

    Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) – USA

    Kentuky Fried Chicken (KFC) – USA

    Kraft – USA

    ConAgra Trade Group Inc. – USA

    Reckitt Benckiser – USA

    Procter & Gamble – USA

    Johnson & Johnson – USA

    Wal-Mart – USA

    Hershey – USA

    Kroger Co – USA

    Shaw’s – USA

    Safeway Inc – USA

    Costco Wholesale Corporation – USA

    Kroger Co – USA

    Pepsi Co Inc. – USA

    Krafts Food Inc. – USA

    SYSCO – USA

    Pizza Hut -USA

    Mc Cain – USA

    Burger King – USA

    Mc Donalds – USA

    US Foodservice – USA

    Aramark – USA

    Estée Lauder – USA

    McKee Foods Corporation – USA

    Kellogg’s – USA

    Starbuck – USA

    Colgate Palmolive – USA

    Safeway – USA

    Shaw’s – USA

    Albertson’s – USA

    Ahold – USA

    Sara Lee Corporation – USA

    Unilever – Netherlands / United Kingdom

    HJ Heinz – United Kingdom

    Cadbury Schweppes – United Kingdom

    Body Shop International – United Kingdom

    Tesco – United Kingdom

    Sainsbury’s – United Kingdom

    Boots – United Kingdom

    Marks and Spencer – United Kingdom

    Macphilips Foods – United Kingdom

    Compas Group – United Kingdom

    Associated British Foods – United Kingdom

    Tate & Lyle – United Kingdom

    Musgrave – United Kingdom

    John Lewis Partnership – United Kingdom

    Co-operative Group – United Kingdom

    ASDA – United Kingdom

    Britannia Food Ingredients – United Kingdom

    United Biscuits – United Kingdom

    Aarhus – United Kingdom

    Northern Foods plc – United Kingdom

    Burton’s Foods Ltd – United Kingdom

    Croda – United Kingdom

    Whitbread Group – United Kingdom

    ICI – United Kingdom

    ASDA – United Kingdom

    Waitrose – United Kingdom

    Morrisons – United Kingdom

    Carrefour – France

    Edouard Leclerc – France

    Auchan – France

    Pinault Printemps Redoute – France

    Danone – France

    Gillette – France

    SAS Devineau – France

    L’Oréal – France

    Henkel – Germany

    Cognis – Germany

    Alfred C Toepfer International – Germany

    Metro Group – Germany

    Aldi Group – Germany

    Schwarz Group – Germany

    Rewe – Germany

    Cognis – Germany

    Cremer Oleo – Germany

    Walter Rau – Germany

    ALDI Group – Germany

    Goodman Fielder – Australia

    Gardner Smith – Australia

    Coles Group – Australia

    Australian Food – Australia

    Woolworths Limited – Australia

    Arnott’s – Australia

    Foodstuffs – New Zealand

    Progressive Enterprises – New Zealand

    Ahold NV – Nertherlands

    CSM – Netherlands

    Cefetra – Netherlands

    Glencore Grain – Netherlands

    Nidera – Netherlands

    Akzo Nobel – Netherlands

    Nestlé – Switzerland

    Barry Callebaut – Switzerland

    Glencore International – Switzerland

    Lindt – Switzerland

    Florin – Switzerland

    Nutriswiss – Switzerland

    Coop – Switzerland

    Migros – Switzerland

    DaiEi – Japan

    Kao Corporation – Japan

    Saraya Co Ltd – Japan

    Fuji Oil Group – Japan

    Mitsubishi Corporation – Japan

    Myojo Foods – Japan

    Rainbow Energy Corporation – Japan

    Arthur Goethels – Belgium

    Delhalze Group – Belgium

    FEDIOL – Belgium

    Danisco – Denmark

    Dragsbaek – Denmark

    Goteborts Kex – Sweden

    Cloetta Fazer – Sweden

    Mills DA – Norway

    Orkla Group – Norway

    Saetre Kjeks – Norway

    Kantolan Keksi – Finland

    Musgrave Budgens Longis – Ireland

    Savola – Saudi Arabia

    Thai President Foods – Thailand

    THE COMPANIES INVESTING IN BIO DIESEL MADE FROM PALM OIL

    Wilmar Group – Singapore

    Continental BioEnergy – Singapore

    Carotino Sdn Bhd – Malaysia

    Zurex Corporation – Malaysia

    SPC Biodiesel – Malaysia

    DXN Oleochemicals – Malaysia

    PT Vision Renewable fuels – Malaysia

    Natural Fuel – Australia

    PME Biofuels – Australia

    Mission NewEnergy Limited – Australia

    Sterling Bioduels – Australia

    Biofuels Corporation – United Kingdom

    Greenergy – United Kingdom

    BP International – United Kingdom

    D1 Oils –United Kingdom

    EDF Energy – United Kingdom

    WHEB Biofuels – United Kingdom

    Cargill – USA

    BioFuel Merchants (BFM) – USA

    BioX Group – Netherlands

    Costal Energy limited – India

    ED&F Man Biofuels – France

    BioDiesel Oils – New Zealand

    Neste Oil – Finland

    OKQ8 – Sweden

    ECO Solutions Co – South Korea

    Rainbow Energy Corporation – Japan

    Biopetrol Industries – Switzerland

    Royall Dutch Shell

    AND OUR PASSIVITY

    Bio fuel look at this film to understand why this wil murder us.

  6. Ronald Blom says:

    Pregnant orangutan clinging to the last remaining forest tree after bulldozers clear jungle to make way for oil plantation for the production off biofuel for the European marked and the 5% biofuel legislation. All made possible by the lobby from Royal Dutch Shell.
    And the environmental organizations who promoted biofuel. Thank you so much we will never forget, never forget how some environmentalist organizations became the biggest danger for our climate.

    Think of this picture next time as you see a biofuel commercial from Royal Dutch Shell or a boat from some greedy environmental organization sailing on biofuel. http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=524320967630446&set=a.193199107409302.50368.193160320746514&type=1&theater

  7. Ronald Blom says:

    Biofuels: ‘Irrational’ and ‘worse than fossil fuels’
    Read more in BBC: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-22127123

  8. Ronald Blom says:

    farmlandgrab.org | Asian palm-oil planters head to West Africa
    Al for BIOFUEL http://farmlandgrab.org/post/view/21881

  9. Ronald Blom says:

    Palm oil, used to produce biofuel and numerous industrial products, is being billed as a “sustainable solution” to the world’s energy problems. However, the rapid expansion of palm oil plantations in the world’s tropical regions, particularly Indonesian Borneo, is not only driving rainforest destruction, but becoming an increasingly significant source of global carbon emissions, a new study says. In 2010 alone, land-clearing for oil palm plantations in Kalimantan emitted a CO2 equivalent to annual emissions from about 28 million vehicles. Also like and share BOYCOTT Shell. http://www.facebook.com/pages/BOYCOTT-Shell/193160320746514

    source page Via Occupy Seattle http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=534244919951572&set=a.256913927684674.62537.254620607914006&type=1&theater
    Read more: Global graft watchdog urges Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak to pressure the Sarawak Chief Minister, Taib Mahmud, to step down

    “Transparency International is referring to an investigation by the Malaysian Anti Corruption Commission, MACC, which was opened in June 2011 but never yielded a result.

    “The resignation call follows a film release by British nongovernmental organization Global Witness earlier this week in which an undercover investigator is exposing the mechanism of how the Sarawak Chief Minister’s family and cronies are selling off native lands worth millions of dollars to foreign investors for oil palm plantations.”

    World Wire http://world-wire.com/2013/03/21/transparency-international-calls-for-resignation-of-sarawak-chief-minister-taib-mahmud/

    Deforestation + Palm Oil = Carbon Nightmare http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=479173912113627&set=pb.107279015969787.-2207520000.1363921543&type=3

    Palm oil, used to produce biofuel and numerous industrial products, is being billed as a “sustainable solution” to the world’s energy problems. However, the rapid expansion of palm oil plantations in the world’s tropical regions, particularly Indonesian Borneo, is not only driving rainforest destruction, but becoming an increasingly significant source of global carbon emissions, a new study says. In 2010 alone, land-clearing for oil palm plantations in Kalimantan emitted a CO2 equivalent to annual emissions from about 28 million vehicles.

    Please Resolve To Avoid All Products and Companies That Contain or Use Palm Oil.

    More info:
    http://www.greencarcongress.com/2012/10/indonesia-20121008.html

    http://bit.ly/UNsWpm

    http://www.saynotopalmoil.com/

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=58IELHXCym0

    http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=495092777219932&set=a.193199107409302.50368.193160320746514&type=1&theater

  10. Ronald Blom says:

    The EU has recognized the RSPO as a certification system for sustainably produced biofuels. But now it turns out that RSPO members are going against the grain.
    Read more: http://www.digitaljournal.com/article/348253#ixzz2S4dnWvzp
    Bumitama Gunajaya Agro (BGA), a palm oil company, have completely destroyed the rainforest for miles around in this area of Borneo, Indonesia. Sitting on top of what is left of the last tree, an orangutan looks helplessly on.
    Read more: http://www.digitaljournal.com/article/348253#ixzz2S4dbLLuS

  11. Ronald Blom says:

    We’ve seen a 25.5 million-acre increase in the amount of corn and soybeans since 2006. And that’s been at the expense of nearly ten million acres of Conservation Reserve Program land, which farmers are paid to set aside for wildlife. The other 15.5 million acres means that farmers had to plant a lot of marginal land — that would be milkweed habitat, pollinator habitat, rangeland, grassland and so on. So there has been a tremendous change in agriculture to accommodate the production of biofuel. The price of corn and the price of soybeans has gone way up. There is also an increase in international markets.
    A new census found this winter’s population of North American monarch butterflies in Mexico was at the lowest level ever measured. Insect ecologist Orley Taylor talks to Yale Environment 360 about how the planting of genetically modified crops and the resulting use of herbicides has contributed to the monarchs’ decline.
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2013/apr/18/tracking-causes-monarch-butterfly-decline

  12. Ronald Blom says:

    A biofuel plantation near Yala National Park has landed Lanka Orex Leasing Company PLC (LOLC) in Sri Lanka’s highest court. Environmentalists say the company is illegally bulldozing Asian elephant habitat, including scrubland and tree stands, near the buffer zone of Yala National Park for gliricidia (Gliricidia sepium) biofuel plantation.

    Read more at http://news.mongabay.com/2013/0220-hance-yala-biofuel.html#RlsEAPIVoD36vzDV.99

  13. Ronald Blom says:

    The EU directive promoting the use of energy from renewable sources requires millions of tons of biofuels to be added to gasoline and diesel fuels for road use. A share of 10% will be required in 2020.
    Also BOYCOTT Shell. the biggest biofuel company of this planet. Responsible for Food and rain forest for fuel http://www.facebook.com/pages/BOYCOTT-Shell/193160320746514
    Yet biofuels have grave consequences for human nutrition, as they are based almost entirely on food crops: corn, wheat, sugar beet and sugarcane are the raw materials for ethanol, while rapeseed, soybean and palm oil are used for biodiesel. Contrary to the claims of the biofuels lobby, the share of residual and waste materials and non-edible plants is minimal.

    The production of biofuels requires huge tracts of land that are not only lost to food production, but also to nature, in Europe and worldwide: already 21 percent of Germany’s arable land – 2.5 million hectares – is being used to cultivate renewable fuel resources.

    According to the German government, over half (53%) of the required ethanol is imported from overseas. Brazil – the world’s largest ethanol exporter – is clearing tropical forests and savannas for a sugarcane monoculture.

    The production of biodiesel also means importing vast quantities of palm and soybean oil from Southeast Asia and South America. Rainforests are being burned for palm oil plantations in Indonesia and Malaysia, while Argentina and Brazil are clearing forests for soybean cultivation.

    Even studies produced on behalf of the EU Commission confirm that biofuels are more harmful than petroleum-based fossil fuels.

    The EU now intends to review its biofuels policy. Blending quotas and subsidies are a major source of income, however, and the powerful European biofuels lobby is committed to preventing reason from prevailing over business interests.

    Please sign our petition to the EU.

    Start of campaign: Oct 16, 2012

  14. Ronald Blom says:

    Landgrabbing in Cameroon: the Story of Herakles Farms Palm oil for the production off Biofuel for the European market. Al made possible by the 5% legislation in Brussels and made possible by the Royall Dutch Shell lobbyist. Via Greenpeace USA This area of rainforest is critical to more than 14,000 Cameroonians who rely on the forest for their livelihoods.
    Learn more and take action: Landgrabbing in Cameroon: the Story of Herakles Farms http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=Zwq0Q_h1-Tg

  15. Ronald Blom says:

    A biofuel plantation near Yala National Park has landed Lanka Orex Leasing Company PLC (LOLC) in Sri Lanka’s highest court. Environmentalists say the company is illegally bulldozing Asian elephant habitat, including scrubland and tree stands, near the buffer zone of Yala National Park for gliricidia (Gliricidia sepium) biofuel plantation. Most biofuel wil be sold by Shell, Shell the biggest biofuel lobbyist of this planet.

    Read more at http://news.mongabay.com/2013/0220-hance-yala-biofuel.html#RlsEAPIVoD36vzDV.99

    Also like and share BOYCOTT Shell. http://www.facebook.com/pages/BOYCOTT-Shell/193160320746514

  16. michela m. says:

    Please Join & Invite friends to Join
    ORANGUTANS: Men of the Forest http://www.care2.com/c2c/group/Michela
    together with Sumatran Tigers (Java & Bali Tigers already EXTINCT), Elephants, Rhinos, Clouded Leopards, Sun Bears, Wildlife, Biodiversity they face Extinction!! Only 300 Sumatran Tigers left on Earth!!!
    300 Football Fields of Rainforests are CLEARED every hour in SE Asia to produce Palm Oil: a hidden, not labelled, unhealthy ingredient in the products we buy. We MUST do WHATEVER is possible to SAVE them all!!
    AGAINST: Corporate Control, Deforestation, Illegal Logging, Global Warming, Pollution, CO2Emissions, Indigenous Peoples Displacement, Pet Trade, Bushmeat Trade, GMO Food, Vivisection, Bee-killing Pesticides… Also other Primates, as Chimpanzees, Gorillas, Gibbons, & Monkeys for Vivisection are dealt in this Group. Petitions/Info/Videos/Pics are here.
    Please!! Join, Sign, Invite friends to Join!!
    Individually: we are one DROP, all together: we are an OCEAN!! ALL together we can make a difference!! Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world -Margaret Mead Thanks!! Michela

  17. Dan says:

    Reading this article reminds me of this postcard I saw of Man vs. Nature and the consequences:

    http://fromthegalaxy.deviantart.com/art/The-Road-to-Hell-v-1-1-390448436

  18. Dawn says:

    ORANGUTANS: Men of the Forest,
    http://www.care2.com/c2c/group/
    Please think about joining this group because we are only here on this plain for a short while and we have to try harder for the sake of our children’s children, their children and on beyond. I was going to buy a nice looking loaf of grain bread yesterday and thought, I better read the label not thinking it would have anything harmful in there and low and behold it is full of palm oil, so it’s still in the shop. This evil oil is invading everything and one has to be vigilant to avoid it, trouble is it can be labeled as vegetable oil which I find very annoying and I feel is a form of trickery. It’s so criminal how the beautiful orangutans are treated and the darling little babies ripped from their dead mothers and sold or kept in a small cramped cage frightened out of their wits. Thankfully there are many earth Angel’s who work to rescue, save and rehabilitate the babies, which they have said is like fighting a king tide but the rescue groups never give up. I just wish the greedy companies growing this oil would be a big, big bit more humane and care more for the planet, Orangutans, Sumatran Tigers, Elephants, Clouded Leopards, Rhinoceros, Sun bears, and many other birds and animals one never hears about because this pristine forest had never been penetrated until they decided on a policy of slash and burn to the detriment of every living thing. Greed and money is the motive that is driving this insane behavior and it’s not going to help these ignorant people when Mother Nature and the Earth says enough and explodes in anger. I’m at a loss and cannot understand the mentality of greedy human beings.
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  19. Alicia Gauld says:

    Hi ~ I’ve just read this great article, but wanted to clarify some terms. ‘Certified sustainable’ that the RSOP use is not ‘certified organic’ which in turn is different from merely ‘organic.’ As someone who’s been through a rigorous certified organic/biodynamic process, I know that ‘certified organic/bd’ is to be trusted. Please research these organic certifying bodies to see for yourself, & support farmers who are doing the right thing. Thanks.

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