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Golden Agri Resources told to halt expansion in Indonesia

May 08, 2015

The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) has banned Golden Agri Resources (GAR) – one of the world’s largest palm oil companies – from acquiring or developing any new areas in Indonesia until a complaint by the Forest Peoples Programme (FPP) has been resolved.


Obesity crisis facing Europe, says WHO

May 08, 2015

An obesity crisis of enormous proportions will face Europe by 2030, according to latest projections released by the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Office for Europe at the European Congress on Obesity in the Czech Republic from 6-9 May. 


European Parliament approves 7% first-generation biofuel cap

May 01, 2015

The European Parliament (EP) agreed a new rule on 28 April finalising a 7% cap on first-generation biofuels. 


7% cap on first-generation biofuels close

April 24, 2015

The European Parliament’s environmental committee voted on 14 April to endorse the capping of food-based biofuels at 7% in the penultimate phase of the EU's biofuels reform process.


Infected olive trees felled in Italy to combat spread of deadly bacterium

April 23, 2015

Italian forestry officials have begun felling infected olive trees in the Salento region of Apulia, southern Italy, following a controversial proposal by the European Commission (EC) to cut down 11M olive trees in the region to contain the spread of the deadly Xylella fastidiosa bacterium.


European Commission backtracking on GM laws

April 10, 2015

Following an announcement in March 2015 in which the European Parliament approved a new law allowing individual member states to ban the growing of genetically modified (GM) crops, there are reported yesterday that the European Commission (EC) has proposed to extend this process to imports of GM material, the EuropeanVoice reported.


Indonesia sets formula to lower biodiesel price

March 27, 2015

Indonesia has introduced a new formula to lower the cost of biodiesel in a move to support its domestic industry and reduce imports of petroleum products.


Heinz and Kraft Foods to merge

March 26, 2015

US food giant Heinz is merging with Kraft Foods Group to create the third largest food and beverage company in the USA and the world’s fifth largest food and drink group, the companies said.


Indonesia may reintroduce palm oil export tax

March 20, 2015

Top world palm oil producer Indonesia may reintroduce an export tax on crude palm oil (CPO) following Malaysia’s imposition on Tuesday of a 4.5% export duty on CPO.


European Parliament approves new law on GM crop cultivation

March 13, 2015

The European Parliament today approved a new law on Wednesday on growing genetically modified (GM) crops in the European Union, clearing the way for new strains to be approved after years of deadlock.


Registration for EFPRA Congress closes on 31 March

March 12, 2015

Organisers of the 15th European Fat Processors and Renderers Association (EFPRA) Congress in Poland are urging participants to sign up now for the event as registration is available only until 31 March.