08 Jul '11, 11am

Greenwash and spin: the palm oil lobby targets its critics #palmoil

Greenwash and spin: the palm oil lobby targets its critics #palmoil

Despite palm oil's meteoric rise as a global commodity, the industry is beset by its problematic association with rainforest clearance, indigenous rights violations and the extinction of species like the Orangutan. This has prompted regulators and investors to introduce measures which could curb the growth of the palm oil sector. 

 Now, the multi-billion dollar industry is hitting back with a systematic attempt to greenwash itself involving sophisticated lobbying efforts aimed at altering negative perceptions of palm oil. The industry appears to have found their champions in free market, libertarian think tanks and Conservative UK politicians. Does this unlikely alliance indicate a future course of debate and clarity, or opportunism and spin? On the 7th April 2011, the fast food company KFC announced it was phasing out the use of palm oil in its restaurants, citing enviro...

Full article: http://www.theecologist.org/News/news_analysis/967139/gre...

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