The Greenpeace reports also fell into the trap of traditional grievances against palm oil that are no longer relevant. It claims that the production of the commodity is rapidly pushing deforestation and depleting forests.
The good intentions of a new political party, the Indonesian Solidarity Party (PSI) to defend the weakening rupiah and efforts to boost state revenues has unfortunately stumbled on the choice of subject to illustrate it – palm oil.
It may now be time for our palm oil industry to realize the importance of good communication. The importance for the industry to tell its own narratives.
UK supermarket chain Iceland has announced it will ban the use of palm oil in all its brands. Is this a laudable or misguided effort in making the industry sustainable?
Out of an estimated 14.9 million hectares of peatland in Indonesia, only around 6.7 million hectares remain undeveloped and in forests, and a peat expert is calling on the government to maintain these at their current state at all costs.
what happens when the culprit is from an advanced country and the main reason for the deforestation isn’t palm oil but the cattle industry? It would seem that apart from WWF the other NGOs that are usually very energetic about condemning deforestation have been rather slow to react.