Palm Oil Does Not Conflict With Rapeseed Oil and Sunflower Oil in the European Union

Based on data from Oil World which revealed that the volume of consumption of palm oil, rapeseed oil and sunflower oil continued to increase since 1965 until 2018. The third share of vegetable oil is also consistent increase in consumption of vegetable oil EU.

 

Further research by the Palm Oil Agribusiness Strategic Policy Institute reveals that since 2000 until now, rapeseed oil and sunflower oil are complementary to palm oil in the EU community consumption pattern as a whole. Increased consumption of rapeseed oil and sunflower require increased consumption of palm oil in certain proportions. Therefore, palm oil, rapeseed oil and sunflower oil are “friendly” in the EU vegetable oil consumption pattern.

 

The presence of palm oil in the EU market provides multiple benefits to EU communities, including (1) the presence of palm oil can actually conserve rapeseed and sunflower fields because for palm oil consumption requires the availability of rapeseed oil and sunflower oil, (2) to meet consumption volumes EU vegetable oils are already high, the presence of palm oil can also keep the food land converted heavily into rapeseed land and sunflower, so as not to threaten the food supply of the EU community, (3) the price of rapeseed oil and sunflower more expensive. The presence of cheaper palm oil can provide cheaper vegetable composites (blends) for the EU community, and (4) the availability of palm oil in the EU revived the EU oleochemical industry that was threatened with bankruptcy due to the scarcity of vegetable oil before 2000.

 

What about soybean oil? In EU vegetable oil consumption, soybean oil is a substitute or competitor of rapeseed oil and sunflower. If soybean oil consumption rises, the consumption of rapeseed and sunflower will decrease. This means the presence of soybean oil in the European market will push rapeseed and sunflower gardens. In addition, according to the study of the European Commission (European Commission, 2013), soybean oil that goes to Europe is generated from deforestation that is 10 times wider than palm oil. So, if so why in the European region of the movement of anti-palm oil including the labeling of Palm Oil Free or No Palm Oil in the EU?

 

Based on data on the volume of consumption of palm oil in the EU shows that what is propaganda the NGOs are not supported even against the interests and desires of the EU community as a whole. Brexit has also proved that the voice of politicians is different from the voices of the people.

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