"The largest single cause for our current predicament [the global food crisis] is a combination of poor judgment and irresponsible decisions made by policy makers around the world," said Peter Brabeck-Letmathe, chairman of Nestl, SA. BrabeckLetmathe spoke in early October 2008 at an event sponsored by the Foreign Policy Association (Great Falls, Virginia, USA).
inform November 2008, Vol. 19 (11) 733 material manager, “so much of this is based on how the plantations take up certifica- tion and how quickly it can flow through the system.” She added that while the GreenPalm system might be suitable as a short-term option, the firm did not believe it was the most robust. “We want to have full visibil- ity of our materials and only a fully segre- gated supply—the slowest-moving supply chain system—gives us this,” she said. Nestlé chairman speaks out on food crisis “The largest single cause for our current predicament [the global food crisis] is a combination of poor judgment and irre- sponsible decisions made by policy makers around the world,” said Peter Brabeck-Let- mathe, chairman of Nestlé, S.A. Brabeck- India: Oil imports increase The import of edible oils into India in August 2008 reached 569,538 metric Letmathe spoke in early October 2008 at an event sponsored by the Foreign Policy As- tons (MT) compared with 532,456 MT in July 2008 and 469,234 MT in August sociation (Great Falls, Virginia, USA). 2007, according to the Solvent Extractors’ Association of India (SEA). Imports of At the event, he addressed the global nonedible oil were at 53,375 MT in August 2008 compared with 46,738 MT for food crisis and shared his views on “what the same month last year, the group said. needs to be done to improve our collective From November 2006 to August 2008, the total import of edible oil is re- ability to feed the world.” Brabeck-Let- ported at 4,198,550 MT compared with 3,767,003 MT—an increase of 21%. Im- mathe focused on four major issues—pro- port of nonedible oil reached 562,781 MT compared with 529,611 MT—a rise tectionism, lower agricultural productivity, of 6%. the expanding use of biofuels, and the over- SEA also reported that import of refined, bleached, and deodorized palm- exploitation of water. olein has risen, with 115,170 MT reported in August 2008, compared with 77,973 He offered some solutions to alleviate MT in the previous month. The increase was primarily due to purchases by the the crisis and challenged the governments government for the public distribution system, the group noted. of the world to come up with better solu- tions. He discussed what Nestlé is doing to resolve the problem. In his remarks, Brabeck-Letmathe vain if governments throughout the world Sustainable Oils, a jo
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