Palm oil sustainability 'a complete lie'
Claims about the sustainability of palm oil have been rubbished by a leading environmental charity.
Earlier today (January 10th) the UK Advertising Standards Authority ruled that an advert by the Malaysian Palm Oil Council (MPOC) claiming that the substance was sustainable produced was misleading.
The body concluded that an advert produced by MPOC gave a false impression that palm oil plantations had environmental benefits in comparison to Malaysia's native rainforest.
As a result Friends of the Earth (FoE) claimed that the oil, that is used to both biofuels and a range of products such from chocolate to animal food, instead damaged communities and the environment.
FoE's biofuels campaigner, Hannah Griffiths, said: "It is a complete lie to advertise palm oil as sustainably produced - it has devastating impacts on the environment and on local communities."
Last year, supermarket chain Asda announced plans to phase out the use of palm oil sourced from unsustainable areas from 500 of its products.
Article Date: 10 January 2008
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