Caught Red Handed: The Myths, Exaggerations and Distortions of Greenpeace, Friends of the Earth and Rainforest Action Network

May 2010 – Green Papers: Issue IV

Greenpeace, Friends of the Earth and the Rainforest Action Network are urging a boycott of use of palm oil — supposedly to protect the environment. However, if they succeed, the environment will be at bigger risk, the livelihoods of millions in Indonesia and Malaysia will be threatened and the poor in Africa and South America will remain stuck in a poverty trap. Greenpeace, FoE, RAN and other environmental non-government organisations threaten to tar the reputation of those who purchase palm oil as against the environment. This is not true. The threat is baseless. They will however act in a way which directly harms the poor. That is a fact.  Almost half of Indonesia’s population—over 100 million people —live on less than 2 dollars per day. Over thirty million live below the poverty line. Millions of people in Malaysia and Indonesia rely on income from palm oil to pay their bills, feed their families, put a roof over their heads and build savings.

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