Myths & Facts

FACTS – Despite its long history since the colonial era, Indonesia’s palm oil industry has only been accelerating since 2000, since the reform movement in 1998. In terms of time, the development of the palm oil industry in Indonesia has been different from that of the Malaysian palm oil industry, ...
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FACTS – An economic sector is called extractive if it only takes or harvests what is available in nature. This includes hunting, fishing, logging and mining. In contrast to these activities, oil palm plantations are non-extractive economic activities because CPO is obtained by cultivating oil palm and further processing the ...
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FACT – An economic activity is said to be exclusive if it only brings limited benefits to the actors and does not affect the public. To prove whether the palm oil industry is exclusive or inclusive, it can be seen through some multiplier effect indicators, such as on output, income, ...
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FACTS – So far, Western countries, both directly and indirectly (through NGOs), have intensively attacked the world palm oil industry, especially in Indonesia. The expansion of oil palm plantations in Indonesia is perceived as having caused considerable GHG emissions. The anti-palm oil movement began in the early 1980s. (more…) ...
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FACTS – The projection of the global vegetable oil demand in the future should be based on the estimates of the world population and the per capita consumption of vegetable oils by 2050. The estimate of the world population based on the medium-term projection of UNPD data on the world ...
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FACTS – Palm oil prices in international markets are cheaper than other vegetable oils (Figure 2.7). With more competitive prices, the palm oil gives more benefits to the world community especially in low-income countries. (more…) ...
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FACTS – The benefits of Indonesia’s palm oil are not only enjoyed by the Indonesian people, but almost all the people of the world through that country’s palm oil exports. The main destinations of Indonesia’s palm oil exports are India, China, the European Union and other countries (Figure2.5). (more…) ...
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Palm oil biodiesel does not produce low GHG emissions. For fossil-based diesel replacements, biodiesel made from soybean, rapeseed or sunflower vegetable oils reduces GHG emissions more thanbiodieselmade from palm oil. (MYTH 2-05) (more…) ...
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Oil palm plantations are monocultural and Indonesia’s oil palm plantations are the largest monocultures in the world. (MYTH 2-04) (more…) ...
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Fertilizer use and pollution from oil palm plantations are greater than those of other vegetable oils and the plantations use more chemical (inorganic) fertilizers than other vegetable oil-producing plants, and produce more residues (pollution) that pollute soil and water. (MYTH 2-03) (more…) ...
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