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Farmers plan fuel blockade in palm oil row

LanguedocLiving, Jun 8

Farmers are planning a four-day blockade of 13 oil refineries and fuel depots across France in protest at the import of palm oil for use in fuel.

Blockades are planned across France, and in Occitanie a blockade is planned in Toulouse from June 10 to June 13.

The FNSEA and Young Farmers are staging the protest over what they describe as the government's "contradictions" over standards demanded of farmers in France that are not maintained for the importation of raw materials.

They see the import of palm oil as 'unfair competition' to more expensive oils from rapeseed and sunflower production in France. "The French oil and protein industry has the capacity to meet the needs of oil groups," a union delegate said.

Last year, Environment Minister Nicholas Hulot said France would take steps to restrict the use of palm oil in producing biofuels in order to reduce deforestation in countries of origin, such as Indonesia and Malaysia. At the time he did not go into detail, but said he wanted to stop “imported deforestation” in France, citing unsustainable soybean and palm oil production.

Source: The Connexion

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