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Sustainable palm oil for all

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Jakarta   /   Fri, June 16, 2017   /  10:31 am
Sustainable palm oil for all A worker checks fresh oil palm fruit bunches on a truck soon after harvest for PT Wanasawit Subur Lestari in Pangkalan Bun, East Kalimantan. (JP/Dhoni Setiawan)

Heated debates have recently surrounded the palm oil sector in Indonesia and its access to export markets, including the European Union. The issue is crucial for Indonesia as the world’s largest palm oil producer, the largest exporter and about 16 million jobs depending directly or indirectly on this sector. Palm oil has also become a public issue in many consumer countries. Governments, parliaments and citizens are paying increasing attention to environmental protection and the sustainability of production patterns, which they expect national and international standards to guarantee. Following the palm oil debate, a statement from the World Trade Organization’s Trade and Environment Committee came to mind: “The answer is not to weaken environmental standards, but to set appropriate standards and enable exporters to meet them.” Although it was released a ...

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