Marks & Spencer is anti palm oil


In the winter of 2010 on a visit to London, this tall standee greeted me as I walked into the food hall of British giant retailer Marks & Spencer. The copy on the standee was clear evidence that this establishment of Jewish heritage had joined the ranks of the American anti palm oil champions to denounce Malaysia’s healthier alternative to the world.

I am told, Malaysia aspires to be a developed country by the year 2020 and like most developed countries, conversion of forests into agriculture took place decades or centuries ago. In Malaysia deforestation for agriculture was pioneered by the British in the early part of the 20th Century when forest areas zoned for agriculture were cleared to plant initially coffee, then rubber and later oil palm as dictated by the feasibility of producing such crops during that time. Even after Malaysia achieved independence in 1957, the development of agriculture continued, as until then the benefits of plantation agriculture were mainly enjoyed by the British who owned most of the large plantation companies.”

So what cock and bull are Marks & Spencer and other activists like Sarawak Report’s Clare Rewcastle crapping about? This clear pattern has emerged and it would not take a genius to figure out that some unseen hands are at work here.

Just who is funding this anti-palm oil agenda?