Palm Oil, Greenpeace, FOE and the one that Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest
Some enterprising environmental entrepreneur has come up with a novel idea to tap the wild and icy seas between Australia and Antarctica to become
a money spinner by engineering nature to soak up carbon dioxide and then selling carbon credits worth millions of dollars.
To some scientists and many nations, though, the concept of using nature to mop up mankind's excess CO2 to fight global warming is fraught with risk
An analysis by a leading Australian research body has urged caution and says more research is crucial before commercial ventures are allowed to
fertilize oceans on a large scale and over many years to capture CO2.
It must be the environmental movement's global warming hype that has corrupted the business and scientific community and clouded the issue.
In the view of Deforestation Watch, we can see this manifested in the increasingly irrational and arcane attacks against palm oil by the likes of the
oddly named Greenpeace and the Friends of the Earth (FOE).
Accusing palm oil with overwhelmingly banal charges, Greenpeace and FOE have exposed themselves to the legitimate concern that it is not pure
love for the environment that has driven their campaigns against palm oil but for some sinister, underhanded and unmentionable reason - so
underhanded that their diatribes against palm oil comes in various guises.
So disingenuous have the allegations against palm oil been that it is now obvious to the casual observer that both Greenpeace and FOE may well be
hired guns by competing oilseed lobbies to ensure that palm oil, which is making serious inroads into the markets of its competitors does not continue
its astounding growth as a oilseed export!
There are several reasons for palm oil's popularity with multinational food manufacturers and processors.
First, palm oil is the most productive of all the oilseeds, so productive that oil palm has an enviable yield of 4.5 metric tons per hectare, close to 10
times the yield of its