Knowledge of Malaysian Palm Oil

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Oil Palm in Malaysia

Malaysia is the world’s second biggest producer of sustainable palm oil
Malaysia generates

33%

of the world’s palm oil in 2014
More than

3 billion

people in the world enjoy palm oil
More than

550,000

people are directly employed
by the malaysian
palm oil industry

Average Oil Yield

The high yield of oil from each hectare of oil palm harvested, averaging 3.99 tonnes/ha/year means that it requires less land to produce the same amount of oil as other vegetable oil crops such as soya, rapeseed or sunflower.

0.39
Soybean
0.75
Rapeseed
0.63
Sunflower

3.99

Oil Palm*
* includes palm oil & palm kernel oil
6% Oil palm takes up only 6% of agricultural land devoted to 10 major vegetable oil crops..

:

38% ...but it accounts for 38% of vegetable oil productions.

Major Applications of Palm Oil

Food
Beverages
Cookies, Candy & Ice Cream
Personal Care Products
Cleaning Products
Cosmetics
Illegal "No Palm Oil" Label

The new European Union’s Food Information to Consumers (FIC) Regulation enforced since 13 December 2014 will increase education and transparency about palm oil in Europe.

Legal experts have explained that the current “no palm oil” labels in Europe are illegal. Analysis of these labels by the renowned global law firm Hogan Lovells has found that the labels violated the FIC Regulation, as well as multiple other EU laws, and national laws in France and Belgium.

Malaysian Sustainable Palm Oil (MSPO)

The development of the new Malaysian Sustainable Palm Oil (MSPO) standard provides further reassurance of sustainability, environmental protection, and proof of Malaysia's leadership in the global palm oil industry.

Sustainable Palm Oil and Environmentally Friendly
Malaysia has allocated

20%

landmass for agriculture
Rainforests cover

60%

of Malaysia's land
Malaysia has

80%

of green cover
Malaysian Palm Oil Wildlife Conservation Fund (MPOWCF)

The Malaysian palm oil industry, backed by more than 90 years of responsible plantation practices on legally approved agricultural land in accordance with legislations in the country, has similarly not been spared these accusations, despite numerous efforts to portray the truth.

The palm oil industry adopts and implements sustainable and good agricultural practices, yet is has been accused of being unsustainable including the destruction of rainforests and wildlife habitat, particularly that of the orang utan. These accusations driven by campaigns, primarily led by the Europeon NGOs have resulted in misunderstanding among some traditional palm oil end users who have in turn taken drastic steps to reduce their comsumption.

Deforestation - The Real Cause

A recent FAO report in 2013 found that the livestock is the single largest anthropogenic user of land. The land area utilized for livestock production is 250 times more than that used to produce palm oil.

  • Oil Palm0.31%
  • Oil Seeds5.25%
  • Other Crops23.17%
  • Livestock71.27%
5 Billionhectares

Oil Palm Facts

Overview of Oil Palm Characteristics
  • Can grow to a height of over 20m
  • Fruit: palm and palm kernel oils
    are produced from processing the fruit
  • Bunches account for only 5% of total biomass
  • 'Trunk' of the plant stores reserves which
    enable it to survive an extended dry season

Palm Oil
  • Extract from the pulp of the fruit
  • Red in colour because of its high carotene content
Palm Kernel Oil
  • Extracted from the kernel or seed of the fruit
  • Physically and chemically different from palm oil
  • Accounts for about 10% of total oil yield

More than 260 species of plants and animals have been recorded in an oil palm plantation in Malaysia.
Barn owls and snakes serve as eco-friendly pest control measures, keeping rodents away from the growing trees. These animals co-exist with other animals within the plantation.

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The earliest proof of the use of palm oil dates back to 3000 BC, with the dicovery of the oil in an Egyptian tomb.

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For how long has palm oil been known to be used by people?

Question 2

With world populations increasing, what vegetable oil, based on productivity and health benefits, is able to feed our planet in the future?

Question 3

Of the three crops below, which is the most productive and able to produce, over a 30 year lifespan that allows ecosystems to establish themselves?

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