In the end of 2018 palm oil industries were negatively accused by international non-government organizations to one palm oil producer company in Asia.
In the previous the parliament members of European Union agreed to stop palm oil usage as the source of renewable energy by saying that palm oil could be produced from destroying the forests.
The accusations always accompany palm oil plantation development in 2018. The world society, namely European Union thought that palm oil industries operate randomly without paying attention to the environment.
Is that true? The facts showed that palm oil plantations have been cultivated for hundreds of years and the industries penetrate the limits of green tradition which may be thought impossible. There might be fraud done by few persons but it should not break the improvement done.
For example, the government of Indonesia is committed to strengthen the sustainable palm oil cultivation through the plan to increase the status of Indonesian Sustainable Palm Oil (ISPO) that would become as the President’s Instruction.
Then the stakeholders as the members of Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) are also committed to implement the Principles and Criteria (P&C) 2018. There are some important points in those, such as, no deforestation, no peat, and improve the governance of labors in the plantations.
Actually, what are the commitments of sustainable practices in P&C RSPO 2018?
Dear readers could read it in Focus in this edition. We would also discuss the efforts and improvement of the palm oil governance nationally in the Focus.
The publication of palm oil Moratorium could be the right moment to improve so that the plantations could be more productive and give advantages for the people.
In this edition we also discuss the article written by Jonathon Porritt, an environmentalist who thought that palm oil industries face the imbalanced information, such as, ignoring the improvement but making sabotage to reject palm oil usage as the material of food and energy.
Is that true to what some consumers do by choosing not to use palm oil rather than supporting the improvement to be more sustainable?