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French ecology minister Ségolène Royal rose against the Italian company Ferrero, accusing that Nutella is contributing on deforestation and global warming by using oil palm.

During an interview with Canal+ (a French television station), she stated: “We should stop eating Nutella, for example, because it's made with palm oil. Oil palms have replaced trees, and therefore caused considerable damage to the environment

Over the years oil palm is used for food products, detergents, cosmetics and especially biofuel; the demand is predicted to more than double by 2030 and to triple by 2050.

In 2012, some French senators presented the so-called “Nutella amendment”trying to impose a 300%  tax on products made from palm oil. As well-known production of the oil is causing lots of environmental issues such as deforestation. The provision didn’t see the light and Nutella is still a legal product in France.

The Italian environment minister responded to the French minister’s comment, by saying “leave Italian products alone”. And Ferrero stated that the company is using responsible palm oil: 80% from Malesia and the rest from Papua New Guinea, Indonesia and Brazil.

In 2015, the Italian company reached its target of using 100% sustainable palm oil, following what was decided with the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil. 


The gLAWcal Team

POREEN project

Tuesday, 16 June 2015

(Source: The Post International)


This news has been realized by gLAWcal—Global Law Initiatives for Sustainable Development in collaboration with University Institute of European Studies (IUSE) in Turin (Italy) which is beneficiary of the European Union Research Executive Agency IRSES Project “Partnering Opportunities between Europe and China in the Renewable Energies and Environmental iNdustries” - POREEN, Work-package 4.