Malaysian Palm Oil is favored by food industry professionals who are looking for a clean label oil because its non-GMO, nutritious and doesn’t require hydrogenation. Those in the know also appreciate Malaysian palm oil’s certified sustainability.
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“The palm oil industry is a key catalyst to alleviate poverty, ensure no one goes hungry and provide decent work and economic growth,” Keong wrote. The country is continuing its progressive and eco-friendly approach by mandating that all palm oil producers become MSPO certified by the end of 2019.
The debate also touched on palm oil alternatives, such as soy and canola (rapeseed) oil, admitting that they, “come with their own list of problems,” referencing a Guardian article concerning the serious eco-consequences of growing soybeans.
The income the family earns from their plantation has enabled them to purchase a home, donate to their church and help a paralyzed uncle pay his medical bills. Lambert says it’s good for the village, too, because she’s able to provide jobs to many locals.
“The success of palm oil as both an essential food source and as a renewable energy demonstrates the value that palm oil provides for producers, manufacturers and consumers around the world,” said said MPOC CEO Dr. Yusof Basiron.
Palm oil cultivation is smart land use. A single acre of oil palm produces 11 times more oil than soybeans, and 10 times more than sunflower.
In Malaysia, more than 300,000 family farmers depend on their oil palm plantations for their livelihood. Sustainable palm oil production has lifted many families out of poverty.
Malaysian Palm Oil Council CEO Yusof Basiron said the French vote was a welcome relief for Malaysian palm oil farmers. MPOC believes the tax would put thousands of oil palm farmers out of work.