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December 22, 2006 | From the Associated Press
Malaysian conglomerate Sime Darby and two of its units Thursday agreed to sell their businesses, marking the first step toward a complex merger involving seven other companies that would create the world's No. 1 palm oil producer. The boards of Sime Darby, its 51%-owned Sime UEP Properties and 70%-owned Sime Engineering Services said they accepted an offer by Synergy Drive to buy their businesses and would ask shareholders to consider the merger plan.
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WORLD
February 12, 2014 | By Tracy Wilkinson
MEXICO CITY -- Scores of people have been killed in brutal land battles in rural Honduras but authorities have failed -- or refused -- to investigate, possibly bowing to moneyed interests, a new report says. The violence in the Bajo Aguan valley has come from many sources, including private security guards hired by huge landholders making millions of dollars fromĀ  palm oil; government forces accused of abuses including arbitrary arrests and torture; and peasant groups, who contend their land has been stolen, according to the study.
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BUSINESS
February 2, 1989 | LINDA WILLIAMS, Times Staff Writer
Importers of palm oil--one of the so-called tropical oils accused of contributing to heart disease in America--launched an expensive counter-offensive Wednesday urging American food manufacturers and consumers "not to be intimidated by scare tactics which are not based on scientific evidence." The Malaysian Oil Palm Growers Assn.
NEWS
November 15, 2012 | By Betty Hallock
Has French President Francois Hollande's regime of fiscal austerity -- cutting spending and raising taxes on rich people -- gone too far with France's "Nutella tax"? On Wednesday, France's Senate approved a so-called Nutella amendment in an effort to encourage eating more healthfully. The government plans to quadruple taxes on products containing palm oil, an ingredient in the creamy hazelnut-chocolate spread that the French slather on toast, smear on crepes or eat by the spoonful.
NEWS
February 1, 1989 | From Times wire services
An advertising battle over the health effects of imported palm oil widened today, with a palm-oil producers group launching a campaign to defend against claims their product raises cholesterol levels. The full-page ad that began running in major newspapers today urges consumers "not to be intimidated by scare tactics and statements which are not based on scientific evidence."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 26, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Borge Bek-Nielsen, 79, a Danish businessman who developed the palm oil industry in Malaysia during a Communist era, died Friday in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, after a short illness. Bek-Nielsen, the former chairman of United Plantations, was considered the driving force in promoting Malaysian palm oil plantations and an industry that now generates about $8 billion a year. Trained as a mechanical engineer, he moved to what was then Malaya in 1951 to work for the Danish-owned company.
BUSINESS
August 10, 1989 | From Reuters
Malaysians and the American Soybean Assn. have decided to halt a bitter feud about a U.S. campaign that said palm oil consumption causes heart disease, a Malaysian palm industry official said Wednesday. Both sides have agreed to stop portraying competing products in a negative light, effective immediately, a Malaysian Oil Palm Growers Council statement said.
WORLD
October 19, 2008 | Paul Watson, Times Staff Writer
In the rush to feed the world's growing appetite for climate-friendly fuel and cooking oil that doesn't clog arteries, the Bornean orangutan could get plowed over. Several plantation owners are eyeing Tanjung Puting park, a sanctuary for 6,000 of the endangered animals. It is the world's second-largest population of a primate that experts warn could be extinct in less than two decades if a massive assault on its forest habitat is not stopped.
NEWS
September 2, 2007 | Chris Brummitt, Associated Press
Naingolan shunts the excavator into high gear and tears into a patch of smoldering forest on Borneo island, clearing the way for yet another palm oil plantation that Indonesia hopes will tap into a surge in global demand for biofuels.
OPINION
November 30, 2009 | By Jeff Corwin
There is a holocaust happening. Right now. And it's not confined to one nation or even one region. It is a global crisis. Species are going extinct en masse. Every 20 minutes we lose an animal species. If this rate continues, by century's end, 50% of all living species will be gone. It is a phenomenon known as the sixth extinction. The fifth extinction took place 65 million years ago when a meteor smashed into the Earth, killing off the dinosaurs and many other species and opening the door for the rise of mammals.
WORLD
October 19, 2008 | Paul Watson, Times Staff Writer
In the rush to feed the world's growing appetite for climate-friendly fuel and cooking oil that doesn't clog arteries, the Bornean orangutan could get plowed over. Several plantation owners are eyeing Tanjung Puting park, a sanctuary for 6,000 of the endangered animals. It is the world's second-largest population of a primate that experts warn could be extinct in less than two decades if a massive assault on its forest habitat is not stopped.
OPINION
May 19, 2008 | Glenn Hurowitz, Glenn Hurowitz writes about the environment for Grist Magazine and is the author of the book "Fear and Courage in the Democratic Party."
While showering a few weeks ago, I realized I had run out of conditioner. So I reached up and grabbed my wife's bottle -- Clairol Herbal Essences Rainforest Flowers, "with essences of nourishing palm." The label caught me slightly by surprise. As an environmental journalist, I've been writing about the ecologically destructive effect of palm oil for some time now.
NEWS
September 2, 2007 | Chris Brummitt, Associated Press
Naingolan shunts the excavator into high gear and tears into a patch of smoldering forest on Borneo island, clearing the way for yet another palm oil plantation that Indonesia hopes will tap into a surge in global demand for biofuels.
BUSINESS
December 22, 2006 | From the Associated Press
Malaysian conglomerate Sime Darby and two of its units Thursday agreed to sell their businesses, marking the first step toward a complex merger involving seven other companies that would create the world's No. 1 palm oil producer. The boards of Sime Darby, its 51%-owned Sime UEP Properties and 70%-owned Sime Engineering Services said they accepted an offer by Synergy Drive to buy their businesses and would ask shareholders to consider the merger plan.
HEALTH
January 23, 2006 | Rosie Mestel, Times Staff Writer
By the time scientists understood the risks, trans fats were ubiquitous in food. A 2003 government report estimated that 95% of manufactured cookies contained them, and pretty much all crackers. But they've been used in many other foods besides: breads, peanut butter, frozen entrees, ice cream, creamers, puddings -- and, of course, margarine. Here are some of the fats that are now inching out the trans in those foods. * Liquid oils from familiar sources such as corn, canola, olive and safflower.
OPINION
November 30, 2009 | By Jeff Corwin
There is a holocaust happening. Right now. And it's not confined to one nation or even one region. It is a global crisis. Species are going extinct en masse. Every 20 minutes we lose an animal species. If this rate continues, by century's end, 50% of all living species will be gone. It is a phenomenon known as the sixth extinction. The fifth extinction took place 65 million years ago when a meteor smashed into the Earth, killing off the dinosaurs and many other species and opening the door for the rise of mammals.
OPINION
May 19, 2008 | Glenn Hurowitz, Glenn Hurowitz writes about the environment for Grist Magazine and is the author of the book "Fear and Courage in the Democratic Party."
While showering a few weeks ago, I realized I had run out of conditioner. So I reached up and grabbed my wife's bottle -- Clairol Herbal Essences Rainforest Flowers, "with essences of nourishing palm." The label caught me slightly by surprise. As an environmental journalist, I've been writing about the ecologically destructive effect of palm oil for some time now.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 26, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Borge Bek-Nielsen, 79, a Danish businessman who developed the palm oil industry in Malaysia during a Communist era, died Friday in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, after a short illness. Bek-Nielsen, the former chairman of United Plantations, was considered the driving force in promoting Malaysian palm oil plantations and an industry that now generates about $8 billion a year. Trained as a mechanical engineer, he moved to what was then Malaya in 1951 to work for the Danish-owned company.
BUSINESS
August 10, 1989 | From Reuters
Malaysians and the American Soybean Assn. have decided to halt a bitter feud about a U.S. campaign that said palm oil consumption causes heart disease, a Malaysian palm industry official said Wednesday. Both sides have agreed to stop portraying competing products in a negative light, effective immediately, a Malaysian Oil Palm Growers Council statement said.
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