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November 7, 2012
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RSPO: Certified palm oil would benefit from reduced import levies
Certified sustainable palm oil would gain market traction if India and China reduced their import levies, said the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil. "Both markets are very price sensitive, and even though the sustainability premium is not high, any premium is a problem," RSPO President Jan-Kees Vis said at the group's annual meeting in Singapore last month. Reuters (10/30)
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Scorecard offers companies a look at their supply chain
Greenpeace has introduced a scorecard that assesses how green palm oil producers are -- a ranking that could influence the purchasing decisions of food producers and other companies. FoodNavigator (10/30)
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Food, Nutrition & Health
One U.S. state's long road to olive oil
Farmers in the state of Georgia have long looked for alternative crops in response to a changing climate, and after years of false starts, olives might provide the answer, according to this article. Olive Oil Times (10/31)
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Experts protest possible suspension of India biotech crop trials
Biotechnologists, agricultural scientists and agribiotech industry leaders criticized the recommendation of a court-appointed panel to suspend trials and commercialization of biotech crops in India for 10 years. The ban could hurt Indian farmers the most as they need to boost food production to meet the needs of the growing population, the scientists said. The recommended moratorium and dismissal of safety data are not based on science, said the former director of the Indian Institute of Science. Business Standard (India) (10/29)
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Unilever leads trend toward using sustainable palm oil
About 14% of global palm oil is certified for sustainability, according to the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil, and while countries such as Indonesia have remained skeptical, Unilever and other multinational companies are leading the charge. "Unilever will share its 2020 traceable palm oil vision and make a call to the industry to partner together to make 100 percent traceable certified palm oil a reality," said Cherie Tan of Unilever. Fox Business (10/31), Jakarta Globe (Indonesia) (11/1), Financial Times (free content)/BeyondBRICS blog (11/2)
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Antarctic conservation efforts falter
Efforts to set up marine protected areas off Antarctica stalled as the 25-member Commission for the Conservation for Antarctic Marine Living Resources failed to act during its annual meeting, Reuters reports. It is the CCAMLR that sets limits for the krill fishery. Krill -- the tiny, shrimplike creatures at the base of the marine food chain -- are an important source of omega-3 fatty acids. "CCAMLR members failed to establish any large-scale Antarctic marine protection at this meeting because a number of countries actively blocked conservation efforts," said Steve Campbell of the Antarctic Ocean Alliance, an international coalition of environmental and conservation groups. CCAMLR will hold a special session in Germany in July 2013 to try to break the stalemate.
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AOCS Oils and Fats World Market Update 2013
Registration is now open for the AOCS Oils and Fats World Market Update 2013, to be held April 3 and 4 in Kiev, Ukraine. The concurrent Industry Expo -- organized by Ukraine's APK-Inform information agency -- will feature all types of equipment and services for processing, packaging, food safety, and more. The program itself will cover global market trends, worldwide trade issues and regulations, financing supply chains, and critical issues for the soybean, canola, olive and rapeseed oils and meals markets. The event will be followed by several AOCS short courses.
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