Friday, 06 July 2012
The seemingly dystopian environmentalism behind the palm oil campaigns of the Greenpeacers, the Friends of the Earth (FOE) and the Rainforest Action Network s (RAN) of this world are not quite as spontaneous and random as they appear. Evidence is emerging that EU governments are complicit in funding these attacks against palm oil not to improve environmental practices in developing countries, but in reality to covertly prop up their indigenous edible oilseed crops like rapeseed and sunflower.
Like the slow peeling off of the repugnant layers of a rotten onion, evidence of this shocking act of bad faith by EU governments in using green NGOs as proxies to carry out smug and snarkily framed anti palm oil campaigns by these green groups has been unraveling for some time, to the utter embarrassment of this self declared bastion of fair-play and democracy!
In 2005, the supposed Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) published a “report” called “Cruel Oil: How palm oil harms health, rainforest and wildlife” in which they made wild and unsubstantiated claims against the palm oil industry.
The report was later exposed as having been prepared with the assistance of Aid Environment listed as partners with Hivos — a Netherlands based civil society group with direct links to campaigns in Indonesia. Hivos, in turn, is funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs for up to 67% of its annual 100m Euro budget.
More recently, an academic study by researchers Caroline Boin and Andrea Marchesetti entitled “Friends of the EU.”(Vide: http://www.policynetwork.net/accountability/publication/friends-eu) showed that the EU, through its environmental ministries and commissions is involved in funding up to 70% of the operating budgets of FOE EU.
If that was not bad enough, Italian think tank, Libertiamo last month blasted the whole shameful sham wide open when they published a study entitled “Taxpayer Funding, NGO Collusion and Manufactured Crises: A Case Study of Malaysia and Palm Oil.” In this study, Libertiamo points out that since 2005, the European Commission 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.
What has been going on is that these EU governments through the Environmental Directorate of the European Commission has been eagerly funding the campaign proposals of these green groups against the runaway edible oil freight train that is palm oil to erect artificial trade barriers to protect their indigenous edible oilseed crops like rapeseed and sun flower which are helpless in the face of the onslaught of the far more competitive palm oil!
That by itself is already a blot on the good name of some of the prominent European countries which are signatories of the WTO treaty, but what really disappoints is that Libertiamo points out that most of the anti-palm oil campaigns are based, at best, on “manufactured evidence”!
Says Libertiamo: “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…”
“No better example illustrates this effort than the collaboration between the activist Sean Whyte and his fellow activists at WWF, RAN, Greenpeace and FOE. Operating from the UK, Mr Whyte in collaboration with these activist NGOs has taken it upon himself to advance distortions of the palm oil industry.”
Most facetiously, whilst EU governments have elected to sup with the devil by cynically funding these green mercenaries which has enable officials like the WWF’s CEO, Carter Roberts to draw a base salary of a whopping US$425,000 in 2009 alone, and allow the WWF to seek to “wrest control of the industry from the very producers who rely upon it for prosperity!” Sad! THE END