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Palm Oil: Revealing the True Colors of RAN

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Written By Brittany Dickerson
Friday, 07 June 2013

The way we project ourselves can often be grouped into colors; red can be associated with energy, passion and strong desires, blue is attributed loyalty, positivity and confidence, while grey is seen as stable, mature and practical. Of course human nature is to paint ourselves in the best color in order to fit into society more suitably, or gain an advantage in certain situations. At some point in time however, everyone’s true colors will eventually shine through.

Green is one of the most trusted colors. It represents nature, safety, health and wellbeing so as colors go this is a very good one to be associated with. When you see a product with a green symbol printed on the packaging that can usually be taken as a good sign, green at the traffic lights means that it is safe to proceed, and the word green applied to non-governmental groups’ usually mean that their main concern is the welfare of the planet.

So called green groups such as the Rainforest Action Network wield a lot of influence over the public as well as government, both of which are often blinded by the guise of greenness that can make practically anything they claim seem credible and truthful. That is why when it comes to palm oil these NGOs can make whatever crazy claim they choose, regardless of the facts, and it would seem believable to most people.

On closer inspection the true colors of these groups can be seen quite clearly. It is the color of money. There can be no greater motivation for cooking up evidence and aggressively spouting wild allegations such as those that these greedy, soulless NGOs have been repeatedly pushing over the years, than money.

Libertiamo, an Italian Civil Libertarian group, has done a lot of work to uncover these groups’ real motives in the palm oil saga. According to their findings several European branches of some of the most popular green groups have been receiving increasing amounts of funding from the European Commission. On the surface, this seems innocent enough until you look closer and see that this is in line with increasingly aggressive campaigns against palm oil, and the fact that the EC has interests in protecting their own indigenous edible oils against the superior yielding palm oil!

Libertiamo’s report highlighted the millions of Euros that have been handed over by the EC to European NGOs since 2005; €5m to the World Wildlife Fund, €4m dished out to Friends of the Earth and more than €1m to the Rainforest Action Network. Money that has helped to fuel these unfounded and unwarranted palm oil campaigns that serve no other purpose but to erect unfair trade barriers for palm oil. Libertiamo notes that these campaigns continue “despite evidence of a positive environmental record by the palm oil industry”.

Green is not the color of all money, but these NGOs do not seem to care about the smaller details such as the truth. While they continue to put on a front of fighting a worthy environmental cause, thousands of smallholder’s livelihoods that rely on the palm oil industry are being threatened.

When the cardiothoracic surgeon and popular daytime television personality, Dr Oz recommended red palm oil to his legion of viewers recently, the resulting stampede to purchase palm oil products would have been greatly appreciated by these small farmers who work increasingly harder just to stay above the poverty line.

The so called green groups’ reaction was to create an outcry against Dr. Oz claiming that he was being reckless, even though there is no evidence to suggest that palm oil, the most widely produced edible oil, is linked to environmental decline. They may call themselves green groups, but it is very clear what their real colors are. THE END 

A Ruiyen  09. June 2013 at 08:54 pm

Yes I can see the true colors of RAN now - They're diabolically black!

GeneralG  15. June 2013 at 09:58 am

Ha ha ha...yes the true colors of RAN is the color of money!

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