By vilifying the virtues of oil palm planting and ignoring the evidence that economic development leads to better environmental protection, it is questionable whether these activists' true commitment is to the environment or to erection of trade barriers to benefit European rapeseed farmers who are already heavily-subsidised by the EU government.
About three weeks ago, the UK’s Telegraph newspaper reported that green activists are given more than £90 million from EU "cash carousel". Here's the link http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/10532853/European-Union-funding-90m-green-lobbying-con.html
Last year, the European policy office of the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), which is based in Brussels, received £7.4 million, while Friends of the Earth Europe (FoE), also based in Brussels, is the third highest recipient with £6.4 million.
http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/opinion/2012/06/06/malaysian-palm-oil-and-eu-taxpayer-funding-campaigns/, Italy-based Libertiamo, which takes a different view on environment, released a report titled "Disarming The Greens" detailing the EU government funding campaigns that mislead the public to believe that developing nations' environmental protection efforts are weak and that wood-based and oil palm companies are purveyors of forest destruction.
This immoral arrangement of the EU government paying green activists to spark smear campaign against oil palm planting is fostering agricultural stagnation and perpetuated poverty that undermine the financial resources of developing countries located along the tropical belt like Malaysia, Indonesia and Papua New Guinea.