Friday, 05 October 2012
Sir Christopher Wren was commissioned to re-design St. Paul’s Cathedral in London in the late 1660s. According to legend, one day he visited the construction site of this great edifice and was unrecognized by the workers. Wren walked about the site, asking several of the men what they were doing. One worker replied, “I am cutting a piece of stone.” A second worker responded, “I’m earning five shillings two pence a day.” A third, however, had a different perspective: “I am helping Christopher Wren build a magnificent edifice.” What a contrast in the attitude and motivation of that worker!
Why we do what we do is extremely important, particularly when it comes to our working lives and careers.
This appears to be lost on the folks who walk the halls of power in the Office of the Environment Directorate of the European Commission (EC). Determined to protect at all costs the EU’s own indigenous edible oil industries such as sunflower and rapeseed, which are hapless and unable to compete with the hyper yielding palm oil, the EC was prepared to discard all scruples and violate the EU’s own competition laws that it had so sanctimoniously enforced against the likes of Microsoft.
This spoke volumes about the closed loop where these recalcitrant EC officials and others of their ilk reside. What was particularly troubling was the revelation by Italian civil libertarian group, Libertiamo that the EC was funding anti-palm oil campaigns executed cynically by green group surrogates that the EC was aware were premised on manufactured and false evidence!
Libertiamo in a special report points out that 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 and neo colonial ambitions. They should both be held to account!"
Hitting a REPEAT Button that is about to break from overuse, the EC appear to have now turned their gun sights on Africa, a continent from whence the ubiquitous edible oil originated. Now that African countries have awakened to the tremendous export potential of a commodity that is both healthful and vastly popular with food manufacturers and biofuel producers, they have taken to exploiting their legitimate national right to open up and rehabilitate agricultural lands.
However, no sooner had the African nations taken to cultivating palm oil than the usual suspects such as Greenpeace and WWF who had previously been funded by the EC to launch spurious palm oil campaigns, were back at their desk sending Press Releases condemning the African countries, especially those in West Africa of causing massive deforestation and land dislocation amongst the local population!
Why do the EC fear palm, oil so much. The answer is in the yield. A single hectare planted with palm oil produces an average of 4.16 metric tons of edible oil whilst the yield per hectare of sunflower is just a miniscule 0.53 and rapeseed 0.69 metric tons!
Whilst both rapeseed and sunflower have just about reached the upper limit of their genetic potential, palm oil has just begun! Already, best in class palm plantations are already yielding 8 metric tons per hectare and if that was not enough to scare the living daylights out of the EC, current R&D points to a genetic limit of 20 METRIC TONS PER HECTARE for palm oil!
Perhaps, the EC should come clean and face up to the fact that the internet had democratized information and clandestine schemesand subterfuge such as the kind they are funding cannot remain hidden from public exposure for long! Thanks to Libertiamo, the EC has been exposed as a fake, prepared to throw the book at corporations like Microsoft for violations of the EU’s strict competition laws and yet violate those self same EU Competition laws when it suited them to protect the EU’s own indigenous edible oilseed industries! THE END