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10 Jan 2008 05:01:20

Claims over palm oil sustainability 'a complete lie'

Claims over palm oil sustainability 'a complete lie'
An environmental charity has claimed that a new ruling by the UK's Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) proves that palm oil is not a sustainable product.

The ASA ruled, earlier today (January 10th), that an advertisement by the Malaysian Palm Oil Council had created the false impression that its production of palm oil gave environmental benefits when compared to existing rainforests.

In response to the decision, Friends of the Earth called for on the European Commission to end any promotion of the substance as a sustainable biofuel energy source.

"It is a complete lie to advertise palm oil as sustainably produced - it has devastating impacts on the environment and on local communities," said the organisation's biofuels campaigner, Hannah Griffiths.

"The ASA is the latest in a series of major bodies to question the sustainability of agrofuels like palm oil. The European Commission must take note and scrap plans to increase targets for the use of agrofuels."

Fears over the sustainability of palm oil last year led both Asda and The Body Shop to announce that they would no longer use unsustainable sources of the substance.ADNFCR-1235-ID-18422193-ADNFCR

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