Palm Oil: European Commission now victimizing Africa!
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Palm Oil: European Commission now victimizing Africa!

Chicago : IL : USA | Feb 03, 2013 at 8:48 PM PST
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Only 20 pitchers have thrown a perfect game during the past 135 years of Major League Baseball. On June 2, 2010, Armando Galarraga of the Detroit Tigers would have been number 21 but an umpire’s mistake denied him what every pitcher dreams of. The video replay showed the truth. Even though the umpire later acknowledged his error and apologized to Galarraga, the call made on the field could not be changed. Through it all, Galarraga remained calm, expressed sympathy for the umpire, and never criticized him. Armando’s refusal to retaliate, amazed fans, players, and sportswriters alike. Similarly, the contrast between the reactions of the palm oil industry to provocation to, say the timber logging industry for instance, could not be greater! In Brazil 1,150 activists have been slain in the Amazon over the past 20 years leading Brazil's leaders to discuss how to stop the region's deadly disputes over logging. Yet over in South East Asia, palm oil has been targeted by activists using the same questionable tactics as the activists in the Amazon. Except in South East Asia the response from the industry is not violence but rather measured and civil responses, including setting up a Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) to promote sustainable planting practices and stepping up conservation efforts. Rather than placating the critics, these measures appear to have emboldened the critics further who promptly turned up the heat with each campaign getting zanier and more vehement. Even the RSPO was not spared with the critics accusing it of being green-wash, despite the fact that the body was a multi-stakeholder body represented by planters, multinational food manufacturers and even environmental and civil society groups! If not for some conscientious and brave researchers, the master mind behind all this loud bellicose and simultaneously offensive and moronic charges against palm oil would have remained hidden behind the facade of respectability that the perpetuator puts on. The first inkling that something was not right with these campaigns was when researchers Caroline Boin and Andrea Marchesetti published a study in 2010 entitled “Friends of the EU.” (Vide: http://www.policynetwork.net/accountability/publication/friends-eu) which showed that the European Commission (EC), through its environmental ministries was involved in funding up to 70% of the operating budgets of FOE EU which then proceeded to launch intense anti-palm oil campaigns! In late 2011, Libertiamo, an Italian civil libertarian group finally blew the cover of the EC when it published a study called “Taxpayer Funding, NGO Collusion and Manufactured Crises: A Case Study of Malaysia and Palm Oil.”, in which Libertiamo confirmed that it was the EC which were behind these craven lies and ugly falsehoods that were being manufactured and released through elaborate palm oil campaigns. What was even more explosive is that Libertiamo revealed that the real reason behind the EC’s bizarre funding of green group surrogates was to erect artificial trade barriers against palm oil to prevent competition against the EU’s own edible oil industries such as rapeseed and sunflower oil! Worse, the EC says Libertiamo is aware that the campaigns were based on manufactured and false evidence! “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!" notes Libertiamo. Even more galling, Africans who had been left largely unmolested for generations as they had been producing palm oil mainly for domestic consumption. However, the EC had recently unleashed their attack dogs, Greenpeace and the WWF again, this time against African nations who had the temerity to think of cultivating palm oil on a commercial scale for export purposes. The EC may have bitten off more than they can chew this time! Note: Deforestation Watch aka Melbourne Zoo Watch was originally established to drive green issues on palm oil mainstream. However, Deforestation Watch has in the course of its existence evolved into Melbourne Zoo Watch and now considerable time and energy is spent on exposing the sly misdeeds and devious schemes of the Melbourne Zoo in using palm oil to surreptitiously raise funds for the zoo. www.deforestationwatch.org
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Note: Deforestation Watch aka Melbourne Zoo Watch was originally established to drive green issues on palm oil mainstream. However, Deforestation Watch has in the course of its existence evolved into Melbourne Zoo Watch and now considerable time and energy is spent on exposing the sly misdeeds and devious schemes of the Melbourne Zoo in using palm oil to surreptitiously raise funds for the zoo. www.deforestationwatch.org
deforestwatch is based in Chicago, Illinois, United States of America, and is a Stringer on Allvoices.
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