MEP calls on EU Commission to prevent palm oil-related deforestation

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Cleared land under preparation for palm oil plantations, in Rokan Hulu, Riau province, Indonesia, August 28, 2016.

MEP calls on EU Commission to prevent palm oil-related deforestation


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The European Commission needs to take measures to promote the responsible cultivation of palm oil and phase out its use for biofuels, Czech MEP Kateřina Konečná said. The environment committee votes on her report on 9 March.

Palm oil is extensively used in food, cosmetics and biofuels, however the unsustainable production of the cheap vegetable oil leads to deforestation, loss of nature habitats and greenhouse gas emissions, the European Parliament said in a press release.

The production of palm oil leads to deforestation as jungle is removed to be replaced by palm plantations.

In her report Konečná said the European Parliament should be very ambitious. “There should not be any palm oil in biofuels,” she said.

 

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