FriWite – Certified Sustainable Palm Oil:  Your chance to get the facts.

FriWite Seminar Information

On Sunday 13th October 2019, The Q Partnership (Henry Colbeck, Friars Pride & V A Whitley) held a sustainable palm oil seminar programme at Chester Zoo. Sponsored by FriWite.

In order to offer information to the Fish & Chip Industry and give a balanced view on palm oil, The Q Partnership has worked together to bring key organisations to deliver a one-day seminar. FriWite - Certified Sustainable Palm Oil:  Your chance to get the facts. 

The whole seminar was filmed for those that could not attend. If you would like a copy of the filmed seminar or more information about FriWite and RSPO, please visit www.friwite.com

With over 60 attendees the seminar was well attended by customers and suppliers wanting to get the facts about palm oil from organisations that can demonstrate why palm oil production should continue and what negative effects moving away from palm oil will have.  RSPO, Chester Zoo and EFECA (Experts in sustainable forest and agricultural advice) all shared their knowledge on this subject in order to give Fish and Chip shop owners wider information on 100% certified sustainable palm oil and valid reasons why palm oil should continue to be used as a frying medium and food ingredient.

The key industry speakers were Francesca Morgante, RSPO’s Market Development Manager, Judith Murdoch, an Associate of EFECA and Jennifer Tegg, Head of Marketing, Chester Zoo

The purpose of the day was to learn about the work of The Round Table on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), hear from EFECA - The Experts in Sustainable Forest & Agricultural Advice and listen to Chester Zoo’s conservation experts and discover why boycotting palm oil is not the answer.

The key messages being communicated by the industry professional were:

  • Boycotting palm is NOT the answer - replacing palm oil with oils such as sunflower, soybean or rapeseed would mean that larger amounts of land would need to be used, since palm trees produce 4-10 times more oil than other crops more forests would need to be converted into agricultural land to meet the growing global demand. In producing countries, millions of farmers and their families work in the palm oil sector. Palm oil plays an important role in the reduction of poverty in these areas.  In Indonesia and Malaysia, a total of 4.5 million people earn their living from palm oil production. Stopping the production of palm altogether would create significant problems for these people who support their families by working in this industry.
  • Sustainable palm IS the answer- conservationists on the ground in Malaysia and Indonesia are positive in their approach to working with producing sustainable oil through reforestation and conserving economies as well as natural habitats. They are successfully addressing the issue of deforestation with reforestation and while switching to other types of vegetable oils seems like the practical solution it would, in fact, create larger environmental and social problems.

Friars Pride, Henry Colbeck and V A Whitely, (The Q Partnership Ltd) have been audited members of RSPO (Round Table on Sustainable Palm Oil) for over three years.  During this time the mis-information and negative coverage of Palm Oil through main stream media and on social platforms has escalated. The seminar gave Fish and Chip shop owners wider information on 100% certified sustainable palm oil and valid reasons why palm oil should continue to be used as a frying medium and food ingredient.

For the Fish & Chip Industry and a number of food producing sectors it is both difficult and often not practical to replace palm oil.  Ceasing using palm oil is also not in line with key findings and views held by organisations such as RSPO, conservation experts at Chester Zoo and many other conservation groups.

We believe the event was beneficial in re-addressing the balance of the bigger picture on palm oil from independent experts.

The whole seminar was filmed for those that could not attend. If you would like a copy of the filmed seminar or more information about FriWite and RSPO, please visit www.friwite.com