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The blocade season has started

This time it is farmers who are blocading some oil refineries because they want the French Govt, via Total not to import so much palm oil but to favour their colza and other oils for making petrol, though the local stuff is much more expensive to produce.
Of course damage to the environment in producer countries has not been mentioned.

Oh, and roundup has not been banned in the end, as one sort of expected.

No need to panic yet as there seem to be plenty of oil and petrol reserves. Just keep your tank topped up.
Ticking over, just about.
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Palm oil and rape seed oil (colza) are not used to produce petrol, they are used as the feedstock to produce biodiesel.

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Quite right Harsner, just checking to see if everyone is awake.🌺
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I think some of it is used to produce biodiesel. I'm with the protesters on this one. Palm oil production on the scale that is being carried out at the moment, is responsible for the destruction of one the most biodiverse ecosystems in the world, the extermination of species of animals, especially some of the great apes, and the eviction of many indigenous people from their land and livelihood, that has sustained them for centuries..no one should be buying it, although it is difficult to avoid as it is in most processed foods.
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And, sadly, difficult to replace. Son#2 did his dissertation on finding technical replacements for palm oil, on behalf of his then employer who were extremely keen to move away from using it.
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Linda, quite agree, but Total have just opened a refinery to produce biofuels which will require hundreds of thousands of tons of oils per year, a large part of which of which will be imported palm oil. It is significantly cheaper than locally produced colza or whatever so the producers are blocading. They reckon they should be favoured over imported oils as, otherwise, they will have to take huge areas of land out of production.
In other words, the reasons for the strike are, at heart, about money in farmer’s pockets, from taxpayers of course. Any interest in the environment of the producer countries is entirely ancilliary.
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Maybe it is all about money for the farmers but on this I don't blame them either. It's crazy to import palm oil from halfway around the world and it's crazy for farmers to have to take out hectares of land just for Total to keep process low. Farmers barely make a living anyway..the average pension of a farmer, after however many semesters you need for a full pension, is 600 euros a month..We may have to pay more for fuel.
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Take out the farmers, get costs down, surely? This has been happening very slowly in places like the Vendée but needs to be speeded up. Farmers cannot go on being charity cases indefinitely, living off the backs of the taxpayer, nor can the rail workers or Air France.
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