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2013- A year to remember!

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31 December 2013

environment, social reponsibility, farmers

2013 was an amazing year for Natural Habitats. The major highlights included:
1. Attending BioFach! Learn more about it here ;
2. Attending PLMA in Amsterdam! Learn more about it here ;
3. Partnering up with Nutiva! Learn more about it here here ;
4. Getting Fair For Life Certified! Learn more about it here ;
5. Attending the Natural Product Expo East in Baltimore! Learn more about it here ;
6. Getting RSPO Certified! Learn more about it here ;
7. Joining IFOAM! Learn more about it here ;
8. Attending PLMA USA in Chicago! Learn more about it here ;

In addition, Natural Habitats had created a number of programs that focus on preserving biodiversity and minimizing the impact of climate change by focusing on organic and sustainable farming practices in Ecuador. In this way, Natural Habitats reduces its carbon footprint by diminishing the CO2 emission and by converting organic waste into organic compost. More information about these programs can be found here .

Overall, Natural Habitats is actively working on protecting and preserving the environment for the creation of a more sustainable world! For Natural Habitats, environment preservation is a deeply embedded into the core business values in order to provide organic and sustainable palm oil!

All of this could not been achieved without your support!
We would like to thank all our organic red palm oil smallholders for the fantastic job they do and the due diligence they take in order to be provide with quality palm fruits, Nutiva for all the support along our partnership and lastly, the wonderful members of our teams in Ecuador, Liberia and the Netherlands for the amazing work you do!

 

Blog & News

Palm Oil Is Everywhere

Palm oil (Elaeis guineensis) originates from West Africa. Once planted, after 3-4 years’ palm oil trees start to producing its first fruits and will continue all year-round for up to 30 years. Oil Palm is high yielding; it produces more oil per hectare than any other major oil seed crop.

Did you know that half of your items in your house contain palm oil?
Palm oil is also the most widely consumed vegetable oil on the planet

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Why Farm Organically?

With a growing population, nearly 10 billion people by 2050, and an increasing demand for food, agriculture is placed under extreme pressure. We heavily rely on services that the industry provides to us, such as food, clothes, wood, and many others. Unfortunately, with biodiversity losses and deforestation practices that accompany modern agriculture, these services are currently at risk. Therefore, we must take actions to sustain biodiversity, soils and forests for the generations to come

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An Important Role of Intercropping in Modern Agriculture

Population of our planet is constantly growing. The threat of insufficient food supply in the near future encourages intensification of the search for more productive agricultural technics. At Natural Habitats, we believe that well-planned intercropping is one of the most effective and sustainable ways to increase agricultural productivity.

Intercropping, as well as other forms of multiple cropping, is an ancient method of intensive agriculture that involves cultivation of two or more crops simultaneously on the same field

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Mainstream Sustainable Palm Oil Production in Ecuador

Deforestation caused by many palm-oil producers, harming wildlife habitats, has been a widespread concern around the world. However, more and more palm oil is now being sourced sustainably with a help of the certification initiative promoted by a non-profit association Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) that aims to transform markets to make sustainable palm oil the norm. Natural Habitats as 100% organic and sustainable producer was certified with RSPO standard in 2013.

In May 2013, Natural Habitats in Ecuador (Exportsustent) together with Solidaridad and National Association of Oil Palm Growers (ANCUPA) developed a pioneering project Mainstream Sustainable Palm Oil Production in Ecuador

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An Ongoing Education of Farmers

Natural Habitats believes in doing business in harmony with the environment. This is the reason for us to continuously encourage smallholder farmers in Ecuador and Sierra Leone into getting involved in organic and sustainable production of palm oil.

On a regular basis, we educate and train our smallholder farmers in nature preservation and organic farming practices for not only their own good but for the betterment of the society

farmers, partnership, social reponsibility

Fair Trade Explained

Today, we are surrounded by numerous certifications on the products we buy at supermarkets. It is getting more and more confusing to figure out what exactly most of them stand for. Some labels are self-explanatory and some are not. Fair for Life Social and FairTrade certification belongs to the second category. Therefore, most of the consumers do not even realize that while they purchase Fair for Life or FairTrade certified products they contribute to the empowerment of poor around the world

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Why Healthy Palm Oil is not an Oxymoron

When people hear about palm oil the first thing that usually comes to their mind is heart disease. The logic is pretty simple: fifty per cent of the oil consists of saturated fat that supposed to be bad for the heart, therefore, palm oil causes heart disease. However, numerous studies continue to confirm that palm oil does not promote heart problems and, if anything, it protects against them

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Sustaining Food Security

Pressure on the world’s food supply is constantly increasing due to population growth, changing diets and government policies promoting biofuels. Current estimates suggest that by 2050 the food demand will be twice what it was in 2005. Biotech companies have strongly promoted the idea that genetically engineered (GE) crops are the key to “feeding the world”. According to Environmental Working Group , recent studies show that this promise has fallen flat

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