Monday, August 17, 2009

Andrei Baying mob increases third world poverty

In a triumph for the mindless, Cadbury has stopped using palm oil in its confectionarys.

In recent years Palm oil has become the most prevalent vegetable oil on the market. The reasons why are economic, the African Oil Palm, Elaeis guineensis produces more vegetable oil per hectare than any other known species.

This has been a boon to the poor of Indonesia and Malaysia, a cash crop with a huge international demand and an opportunity to earn an honest living.

Needless to say over privileged westerners are none too pleased that the poor of these nations have an opportunity to better themselves and so begins a concerted campaign against Palm Oil. You will not be surprised to learn that the palm oil industry is apparently Greenhouse Gas emitter for example. Nor that it is responsible for the needless deaths of cuddly orangutans.

The trouble is with these environmental noisemakers is that they have no concept of life on the margins, of going to bed hungry and watching your children die of preventable and easily curable diseases.

They have been spoiled rotten their whole lives and are quite willing to blot out the harsh facts of life for the worlds poor by watching nature shows on their High definition plasma TVs all the while lamenting mankind's greed (other ignorant people, not themselves of course) for creating farms to feed themselves and their families.

And if that isn't hypocrisy I don't know what is.

11 comment(s):

KG said...

Amen. Some of these idiots need to visit the truly poverty-stricken areas of the world and look at the disease and experience the stench of real poverty.
But that would be to confront some unpleasant truths and they'll never risk that.

Adolf Fiinkensein said...

And next you'll tell me all the cocoa butter is produced in the US and Europe?

Adolf Fiinkensein said...

According to Wiki, 70% of the world's cocoa beans are produced in The Ivory Coast, Ghana and Indonesia.

Andrei said...

Adolf, this is not a post about the merits of Cocoa butter over Palm oil, which is a red herring because I'll bet you couldn't distinguish between chocolate made with each -despite the name of the former.

It is about a concerted attack on the use of Palm oil - whether it be in chocolate, cracker biscuits, face cream or soap as evidenced by




Andrei said...

Just to allay any doubts that anyone may have over the real agenda behind the activism against Cadburys

The case against palm oil

Oswald Bastable said...

I always prefered Whittakers anyway.

When I feel like spending some money to butter up the wife/get myself out of the dogbox- the local Schoc chocolate makes the Swiss talk about emigrating!

ZenTiger said...

Well, OK. But just as long as the orangutans and their forests survive.

I.M Fletcher said...

Heh, I just don't like the taste of it, and I posted here a while back. I think any hydrogenated fat is actually bad for you (according to a family member who is into her health books, vitamins etc). I don't know anything about the industry behind palm oil, but I do think Cadbury was cutting corners - trying to save money because the price of cocoa had doubled, according to them.

ZenTiger said...

Maybe only the price of "grower friendly" cocoa?

Some-one on the radio said their recipes did not work out so well using the new chocolate. Maybe palm oil has different melting points and other technical baking stuff.

MK said...

Scratch an environmentalist and you'll usually find a human-hater or some variation.

tom said...


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