On: February 23rd, 2017
Hugeng Widodo, Berita360.com,
Jakarta – Propaganda and foul accusations waged by anti-palm oil NGOs supported by western countries keep getting criticized by a number of National Palm Oil Industry. They use black campaign as their main strategy to debilitate national Palm Oil Industry.
As reported in Gapki.id website, campaign against palm oil is not new. It has been carried out since early 80s.
In 1981, soybean oil producer (American Soybean Association) who is the major competitor of palm oil have been waging a campaign against palm oil by accusing that the tropical vegetable oils (coconut oil, palm oil) contain cholesterol.
But the accusations can then be forsaken because it has been proven scientifically that palm oil does not contain cholesterol. It is only produced in the bodies of animals and humans.
After failing with the cholesterol accusations, palm oil has been blamed for heart and blood vessels diseases in the 1990s. The accusations have been proven wrong by nutritionists and health experts, including experts from western countries.
On the contrary, palm oil contains vitamin A and E which potentially prevent heart and blood vessels diseases.
Accusation as the cause of global warming is another attempt of western countries to hide their faults.
As revealed by the International Bodies (IEA, FAO, IPPC, etc) in their annual report which clearly present the data that the main cause of global warming is due to gas emission of greenhouse from the consumption of fossil fuels (petroleum, coal, etc) whose major consumers are the western countries.
In fact, all crops, including palm oil, are the savior of the environment by absorbing carbon dioxide. Moreover, biodiesel from palm oil is used to replace diesel fuel. Therefore, it will contribute in reducing the global greenhouse gas emission.
Indonesia is far better than the western countries. Although Indonesia is still developing, their morality is far better than the developed countries of the west. They still have the largest primary forest in Asia-Afrika. They also have protected forest and conservation forest area of 40.4 million ha which are maintained as the site for wildlife including orangutan, mawas, tigers, etc. and a place for millions of flora species to grow.
Land for plantations or agriculture, industry, housing provided by the government are outside the protected forest and the conservation forest.
The accusations against palm oil are just a shield to hide their faults and protect their vegetable oils (soybean oil, sunflower oil, rapeseed oil, etc) that are losing to palm oil. Their soybean oil has been leading the world before lost and displaced by palm oil, especially from Indonesia, in 2006.
The producers of soybean oil and rapeseed oil could not accept to be defeated by palm oil, thus they used foul practices by waging black campaign against palm oil through NGOs, both abroad and in Indonesia.
Ironically, anti-palm oil NGOs in Indonesia which consist of Indonesian citizen also wage the black campaign.
The Danger of HCS Standardization Arranged by Western Countries
The issue is now followed by the provision of standardization that does not comply with the condition of Indonesian nature. For example, the use of High Carbon Stock (HCS) assessment that emerges in timber and palm oil corporations recently.
Related to the issue, Prof. Nyoto Santoso, forestry observer of IPB warned the danger of standardization that does not comply with the condition of Indonesian nature.
“High Carbon Stock is now become a requirement. It has not been determined in Indonesia, but there are NGOs that have defined the figure of 35%. Whereas the Indonesian natural condition could only take on the minimum of 75-80%,” said Prof. Nyoto Santoso recently.
He also stated that if the National Palm Oil Industry follows the standardization establishe by the western countries, Indonesia will be in danger.
“If we follow the external standard of 35%, then we will be doomed. The forests in Papua will be able to be used and the people will not have anything to develop their regions anymore. Do we want Papua to stay like that without making any progress?” he added. (Hw)