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Jakarta Post

European alliance to help palm oil producers counter attacks

  • Anton Hermansyah

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, February 14 2018   /  12:22 am

With the help of the European Palm Oil Alliance (EPOA), Indonesian palm oil producers are working on measures to counter negative campaigning against palm oil in Europe, as well as lobbying lawmakers. EPOA chairman Frans Claassen said on Tuesday his alliance would help the Indonesian Palm Oil Producers Association (GAPKI) to negotiate with relevant private supply chains, such as food producers, and educate customers on how to handle the effects of the negative campaigning.“We imported 7.5 million tons of palm oil in 2017, around 50 percent is for food, feed and oleochemical products. But now the palm oil use for food is slowly declining in Europe because of the negative image,” he said after a meeting in Jakarta.In Europe, campaigners have stated that palm oil plantations cause forest fires, deforestation, animal extinction and the exploitation of child labor. The campaigners have al...