PCA defends coconut oil from “pure poison” remarks
When a top export product is being attacked, the government must be quick to defend it.
That’s exactly what Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) did when a global statement came out saying that coconut oil, a billion worth industry for the Philippines, is “pure poison”.
To be specific, PCA said the statement of Karin Michels, an epidemiologist at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, calling the coconut oil as “pure poison” is a ruthless attack that is based on old science and flawed research.
“It is a rehash of the smear campaign orchestrated by US-based entities that represent rival oil and big pharmaceutical interests,” PCA said.
PCA, together with the United Coconut Associations of the Philippines (UCAP) and coconut farmer organizations, is now one with the 18 member countries of the Asia and Pacific Coconut Community (APCC) in condemning this latest attack.
In a statement given out during the 48th COCOTECH Conference in Thailand attended by well-respected scientists and researchers on coconut technologies, the APCC decried Michels’ statement as “sensationalist, contrary to the truth and damaging to the welfare of millions of people.”
In the Philippines, an estimated 25 million people directly and indirectly depend on the coconut industry for their livelihood.