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Cantons want palm oil to be removed from free trade deal

National News // Feb. 26, 2018

Six cantons are demanding palm oil is not included in a free trade deal with Malaysia and Indonesia.

oneVillage Initiative Cantons want palm oil to be removed from free trade deal

The latest canton to express its reservations is Geneva after an independent MP raised the issue of how the crop is environmentally damaging.

There are also questions how palm oil could be damaging to health due to trans-fats.

Cantons Vaud, Thurgau, Bern, Jura and Fribourg have also registered objections.

Malaysia and Indonesia produce over 80% of all the palm oil worldwide.

Switzerland is due to complete trade talks with the two countries this year. There is already worries over a deal with Indonesia because of its plans to discriminate against gays and lesbians.

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