Palm Oil and Food Security: The Impediment of Land Supply; How Environmentalists and “No Conversion” are Inflating Food Prices

December 2010 – A study by World Growth

Over the past three decades, the price of palm oil in real terms has fallen by around 1 percent per annum, which represents a major improvement in food security for consuming countries. If palm oil had not been grown commercially, its land would have been reallocated to alternative uses but less vegetable oil would have been produced, other things being equal. The real price of the vegetable oils would have risen and food security would have suffered, particularly in Asia and Africa. An examination of the “no conversion” position in relation to palm oil makes it clear that Continue reading

Forestry and Climate Change: Cancun Changes the Game

Alan Oxley, Jakarta Post

After the failure of last year’s climate change negotiations in Copenhagen, the rhetoric about climate change threats was scaled right back at the meetings last week in Cancun, Mexico. This produced two important developments on forestry, a key issue for Indonesia. Continue reading

The Green Numbers Game: Deforestation Emissions Data Disputed

Alan Oxley, Bangkok Post

The strategy by Western aid donors to resuscitate the stalled UN climate change negotiations has ignominiously flopped at Cancun. The reason is unusual. A climate change orthodoxy – that deforestation is a major cause of emissions by developing countries – has been disproved. Continue reading

Palm Oil Industry Potential Weapon to Combat Poverty

Ivan Cairo, De Ware Tijd (Suriname)

CANCÚN – The palm oil sector could be a potential source of help to combat poverty in Surinam and bring development to neglected regions, such as the interior. The sector is known to have high productivity, furnishes those involved direct revenue, and is less damaging to the environment than other agrarian or industrial activities. That’s what Alan Oxley, chair of the development organization World Growth, says in an exclusive interview Continue reading

REDD and Conservation: Avoiding The New Road To Serfdom

December 2010 – A World Growth Study

As negotiations for a new global approach to climate change remain stalled and there is no expectation of progress at the negotiations in Cancun in December 2010, donors have instead made the cessation of deforestation an interim target. A staggering USD 4 billion has been pledged to support this goal. This supposes two things about deforestation, or as we prefer to describe it, conversion of forest land to other uses. First, this will reduce emissions significantly. And, second, the conversion of vast areas of forest to conservation parks will benefit the people of those countries Continue reading

The Loneliest Man in Cancun? Maybe the Deforestation Advocate

William Booth, Washington Post Point Carbon Blog

CANCUN, Mexico — The loneliest man at the Cancun climate conference? It just might be Alan Oxley of the group World Growth. Why? Oxley and his people are advocating deforestation.

Or as they like to call it, “land conversion.” Continue reading

Avoiding Green Protectionism – A New Program of World Growth – December 2010

This eNewsletter introduces a new World Growth program – ‘Avoiding Green Protectionism.’  World Growth welcomes comments and contributions.

The continuation of large financial and trade imbalances create pressures for trade barriers. Environmental activists, impatient at lagging international negotiations, will seek to craft those trade barriers to advance their environmental goals.  The resulting ‘Green Protectionism” will harm both trade and the environment.

World Growth’s program aims to demonstrate the economic and environmental risks of Green Protectionism and demonstrate more effective ways to expand trade and protect the environment. Continue reading

The Oil Palm Industry and REDD

Asia Sentinel,

Report seeks to block continuing UN-sponsored forest protection in Cancun

With a 12-day joint climate change summit underway in Cancun, Mexico attempting to make progress on REDD – Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation – a palm oil industry group has issued a 38-page report saying that in fact conservation of forests in developing countries such as Indonesia will do more harm than good. Continue reading

Palm Oil – The Green Development Oil Newsletter – Issue 10, December 2010

Cargill Rejects Greenpeace Pressure – Unilever Suspension Looks Suspect
International food producer Cargill will continue to purchase palm oil from PT Smart, despite attempts by Greenpeace to manufacture claims to pressure companies into dropping the Indonesian-based supplier.  Unilever’s suspension of trade with PT Smart on the basis of Greenpeace complaints now looks commercially suspect. Continue reading