Guest essay by Eric Worrall
French Ecology Minister Segolene Royal has apologised for claiming the popular breakfast spread Nutella exacerbates climate change.
According to the Sydney Morning Herald;
“A thousand apologies for the row over Nutella,” she wrote on her official Twitter account.
The mea culpa related to comments she made on French television on Monday, when she said “we should stop eating Nutella… because it’s made with palm oil” – an ingredient that ensures the soft but not liquid consistency of the popular chocolate-hazelnut spread.
In the interview, she argued that oil palm plantations were supplanting forests, leading to deforestation and causing “considerable damage to the environment”.
Nutella is an iconic Italian export success story, so the attack on Nutella seriously upset France’s Italian neighbours.
Segolene Royal supports producing biofuel from domestic French oil crops such as Rapeseed, rather than importing foreign palm oil.