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Agriculture: la votation sur l'huile de palme indonésienne met les paysans sous pression

La votation populaire sur l’huile de palme indonésienne divise le monde agricole en Suisse.

26 janv. 2021, 00:01 / Màj. le 26 janv. 2021 à 07:13
epa01190802 Wokers harvest oil-palm fruit bunches made up of black-orange, berry-like fruit nuts, near Tenom, in Sabah, part of Borneo, Malaysia, in this picture taken 27 November 2007.
Palm oil has long been used in a wide range of consumer products, from margarine to sweets and soaps to cosmetics, but since Europe and America have discovered palm oil as a biofuel, a cleaner-burning alternative to mineral oil, business has taken off. The cleaner oil comes with a dirty side - much rainforest in Borneo in both Malaysia and Indonesia is now slashed to make way for new oil-palm plantations. Malaysia and Indonesia are responsible for 80 per cent of global palm-oil production and consumption has more than doubled to more than 30 million tons each year in the past decade. Delegates, environmentalists and scientists from nearly 190 countries have started two weeks of meetings on Bali to set a deadline for replacing the Kyoto Protocol, the treaty aimed at fighting global warming that was signed 10 years ago and expires in 2012 with clean fuels and alternative energy high on the agenda. EPA/BARBARA WALTON

La votation populaire sur l’accord de libre-échange entre la Suisse et l’Indonésie met le monde paysan sous pression et le force à étaler ses divisions sur la question des importations d’huile de palme. C’est le remuant vigneron bio Willy Cretegny qui a saisi l’arme du référendum contre cet accord et il a reçu le soutien du syndicat paysan Uniterre dans sa démarche. Hier pourtant, la Chambre d’agriculture de l’Union suisse des paysans (USP), dans un vote réalisé par écrit en r...