Like the title of a song “hate but miss”. The European Union often expressed hatred in palm oil but the EU community still missed palm oil
Palm oil is always under the spotlight with various allegations from the European Union (EU). A number of issues ranging from deforestation, forest fires, GHG emissions, peat and others have always been linked to palm oil. Even the European Parliament in early April 2017 issued a Palm Resolution that threatened the palm embargo to Europe.
The EU’s allegations angered the Indonesian people and government. Not only the relevant Ministers are protesting against the EU, the President of Indonesia Joko Widodo in various international forums such as the EU-ASEAN Meeting 2017 also protested strongly against the discrimination of oil in the EU.
Behind the political elite of the European Union related to oil palm, the European community actually still yearning for palm oil. This is evident from the increase of Indonesian palm oil exports to the EU. In the period of January-September of 2016, Indonesia’s palm oil exports to the EU is 2.96 million tons, in January-September of 2017 it increased to 3.86 million tons or up by about 30 percent.
Why does the European Union hate yet miss the palm? First, palm oil is much cheaper and available year round compared to other vegetable oils. As a rational consumer must choose a cheaper product because it is more efficient. Second, palm oil does not contain trans fatty acids, while soybean, rapeseed and sunflower oils contain trans fatty acids that are suspected of causing heart / blood vessel disease. Third, palm oil contains anti-oxidants such as beta carotene, tocopherol is useful as anti-cancer, anti-cholesterol and anti-aging which is certainly important for the European community. Fourth, palm oil has superior chemical characteristics that correspond to the varied needs of various food industries and fifth, the use of palm oil in Europe creates employment opportunities for 117 thousand people, and income of about 5.8 billion Euros each year for EU communities.
This is like the title of a song “hate but miss”. The European Union often expressed hatred in palm oil but the EU community still missed palm oil.
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