>> French farmers dumped tons of mud, hay and even fruit outside oil depots and refineries across France on Monday. It's a protest that pits the EU's biggest agricultural sector against one of France's largest oil and gas producers and the government of President Emmanuel Macron. It's all over France's decision to allow Total to use imported palm oil at a biofuel plant.
Farmers are concerned about the impact that will have on locally produced oil seed crops. And environmentalists blame palm oil cultivation for deforestation in southeast Asia. Palm oil, found in products ranging from soaps to Nutella, is cheaper than rapeseed oil as a raw material used for bio diesel.>>
> We want to stop products being imported which aren't subject to standards. Which represent completely unfair competition for us.>> France's farm minister said the protest, which was expected to block 13 sites, was illegal, and would not prompt the government to rescind its decision.
>> France's Farmers Union says that's because it's not subject to the same standards as French oil seeds.>>
Total said the blockade had not had an impact on operations, but had hampered the distribution of its products.