Palm Oil Disputes Overshadowing Real Issues

ABC Radio Australia

It’s a multi-billion dollar industry, credited with helping millions in Malaysia and Indonesia escape poverty.

But, the palm oil industry often finds itself embroiled in controversy. Conservation groups accuse palm oil producers of putting profits before the environment, especially deforestation for new plantations. Producers in turn accuse environmentalists of “green-washing” companies with misinformation. Continue reading

The Fight Over Palm Oil Funding

John Berthelsen, Asia Sentinel

The World Bank Group seeks a middle path between development and environmentalism

The global oil palm industry, providing either the world’s most indispensable cooking oil or the last nail in the coffin of the world’s rain forests, is the focus of an intense struggle for funding within the World Bank Group, the world’s biggest development lender. Continue reading