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Dutch Palm Oil Industry Promises Commitment To Sustainable Production

November 4, 2010: 07:52 AM EST

Noting that it is “committed to making worldwide palm oil production more sustainable,” the Dutch palm oil industry has issued a “manifesto” to the government proclaiming that all palm oil used in The Netherlands will be certified according to RSPO principles and criteria by 2015. Demand for palm oil is rising worldwide due to growing prosperity in China and India and increased use in biofuels. The result is expansion of oil palm plantation areas in producing countries and potential reduction of tropical rainforest. The eight industry groups that are party to the manifesto  represent palm oil refiners, processors and retail firms that market palm oil-based products, such as processed foods (e.g., margarine, ice cream and biscuits), cosmetics and personal care products (e.g., soap and lipstick), and biodiesel. 

"Manifesto of the Task Force Sustainable Palm Oil Initiative to promote the use of RSPO certified palm oil in the Netherlands", Task Force for Sustainable Palm Oil, November 04, 2010, © The Dutch Task Force Sustainable Palm Oil
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