The latest manifestation of ugly protectionism at its worst is rearing its ugly head in New Zealand. The Unmask Palm Oil campaign in welcoming the support of the Green Party and New Zealand First for mandatory palm oil labeling, alleged that palm oil is causing massive deforestation and pushing Orangutans to the brink of extinction and accelerating climate change.
Ben Dowdle, campaign coordinator of Unmask Palm Oil says "We now have the support of two key opposition parties and we hope to gain Labour’s support in the near future. Mojo Mathers, Green Party MP has offered the full support of the Green Party to the campaign."
Isn't it time to unmask the truth behind the Unmask palm oil" campaign?
After Australian Senator Nick Xenophon's ill fated "Food Standards Amendment (Truth in Labelling Palm Oil) Bill 2010" and French Senator Yve Daudigny's failed "Nutella Tax" Bill to impose a 300 per cent increase in French taxes on foods manufactured with palm oil, a sinister pattern is beginning to emerge and it all has its roots in the EU.
Italian civil libertarian group, Libertiamo blew the lid off the entire elaborate, cynical and vicious scheme masterminded by the Environmental Directorate of the European Commission (Vide: http://disarmingthegreens.it/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/Taxpayer-Funding-NGO-Collusion-and-Manufactured-Crises.pdf) to protect the EU’s own indigenous edible oilseed industries which are unable to compete against the hyper yielding palm oil in the open market!
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 the EC is fully aware that most of the anti-palm oil campaigns are based on false “and manufactured evidence”!
The entire vile scheme is planned and executed by the EC’s green surrogates across regions to create the impression that the palm oil campaigns are unplanned, popular and spontaneous! A broad range of green NGO’s plus even zoos, girl scouts (or rather the adults behind the girl scouts) and politicians from across the globe are recruited to the cause.
The truly sad part is that the premises used for these campaigns;first, the saturated fat component of palm oil and its health implications had been debunked and disproved by tons of scientific studies which proved that palm oil is in fact heart friendly (Vide: Donald J. McNamara, PhD: “Palm Oil and Heart Health: A case of Manipulated Perception and Misuse of Science” 240S Vol 29 No. 3(s) Journal of the American College of Nutrition).
Secondly, the oft raised issue of deforestation allegedly caused by palm oil too flies in the face of facts for Malaysia, despite planting palm oil for more than a hundred years has still managed to retain 59.5 percent forest cover, certainly far better than New Zealand's 31.87 percent! (CIA World FactBook 2011) Further, the FAO has found that the rate of forest change in Malaysia declined from 0.66% in the years 2000-2005 to 0.42% in the years 2005-2010 (FAO Global Forest Resource Assessment 2010), certainly not the apocalyptic picture of massive deforestation that these EC surrogates and apologists attempt to paint.
There is a Latin maxim, "reduction ad absurdium" that applies to this sad and slow demonstration of human foibles and greed. The ugly specter of payola in this issue raises the very real possibility that the Green Party and New Zealand First are either wusses or smug, disingenuous and frighteningly detached from the realities on the ground.
Smallholders, who account for more than 40% of global palm oil production, live in the real world, not in the rarified world of bloodless abstractions and lofty proclamations of intent on the one hand which serves only to conceal the true agenda – the desperate angling for funds and ugly protectionism that is at the heart of this debate! THE END