Fairness is something that most of us are taught from an early age, but how many times have you heard or even said yourself “it’s not fair”? As individuals we face injustices on a daily basis and we are well aware of just how frustrating it can be. In most cases these injustices at an individual level will amount to nothing more than frustration, but take this up a level or two and the effects are much more impactful.
It appears that fairness is not always at the forefront of the European Commission’s (EC) agenda. When unfairness occurs at this level a lot more people begin to feel the injustice and in the case of the EC (and their puppet NGO’s) versus palm oil the phrase “it’s not fair” does not even begin to paint the picture.
It is not fair when some of the world’s biggest NGO’s such as Greenpeace, Rainforest Action Network, and Friends of the Earth and others gather together in an effort to discredit an otherwise innocent commodity that is actually helping to keep many people in the third world out of poverty. Even more unfair than that is the knowledge that the EC is, to a large extent, pulling the strings behind these NGO’s in an effort to attain its own agenda.
Together these NGO’s and their puppet master continually make wild and unfounded claims against the palm oil industry without any care for the thousands of smallholder’s in the third world whose lives will be ruined by their efforts. Trumped up claims such as those that palm oil production leads to massive deforestation, and that this in turn threatens the world’s exotic wildlife, are bandied about without any supporting evidence or care.
But why are these groups so eager to discredit palm oil? Well the answer to that can be traced back the puppet master, the EC, who seems to have a very good reason for wanting palm oil out of the picture. The reason for this unfairness from the EC is the protection of the EU’s own indigenous edible oils, namely sunflower and rapeseed, which struggle to compete against palm oil in the open market.
Rather than allow palm oil to compete fairly in the edible oil market the EC chooses to go against the basic principle that the large majority of us learn from a young age and unfairly pit these NGO’s against the industry.
It is quite unbelievable that these groups would want to let themselves be controlled in this way however, that is until you realize their incentive. Between 1998 and 2009 several groups began to receive substantial increases in funding, which coincided interestingly with the start of their sustained and vicious campaigns against palm oil. Environmental groups received on average, a 13% increase to their funding each year leading up to the year 2009, with Friends of the Earth getting a whopping 325% increase over the entire period.
Even non-green groups are willing to become puppets in this game and as far back as 2005 the rather oddly named Center for Science in the Public Interest came out with a report entitled “Cruel Oil: How palm oil harms health, rainforest and wildlife.” This report seems innocent enough until you delve a little further and discover that assistance in preparing the report was given by the Aid Environment, which are partners with Hivos. Hivos is a civil society group based in the Netherlands and they have direct links to the campaigns in Indonesia.
Hivos gets funded to the tune of 70% of their 100 Million Euro annual budget by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
In short this takes unfairness to a whole new level, and when the game is played unfairly at this level lives are affected on a grand scale. It is a shame that none of the EC and all their surrogate green puppets do not remember those childhood lessons about fairness. THE END