Belgian ngos pull the alarm bell for sustainable palm oil: “We need less and better consumption’

Six Belgian ngos investigated how sustainable is sustainable palm oil really is. Their conclusion is very critical: ‘The consumer may at this time, not really opt for sustainable palm oil, although this is claimed.’

An aerial view in Indonesia. The biodiversity in palm groves is very low. © REUTERS

In the just published report ‘100 % sustainable palm oil: a myth’ lights Oxfam Belgium, CNCD-11.11.11, FIAN, AEFJN, Justice et Paix and 11.11.11 various initiatives that sustainable palm oil appreciation by. Their verdict is clear: currently there is too little control and transparency to know what palm oil is sustainable and which are not. For example, the Belgian consumer still buy products with a logo that claims the used oil responsibly grown, but actually he can never know for sure.

Palm oil is regularly under fire for the industrial cultivation on a large scale can adversely is the environment, the biodiversity and the local population. However, the production increase, because it is a very cheap and versatile raw material for the food, beauty and transportation industry.

The report traces the ngos to more government regulation, in the first instance at the European level. “We advocate for a uniform public system of certification, control and sanctions for companies that break the rules.’

Read more about the research: The myth of sustainable palm oil: “more communication than action’

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