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Palm Oil Is Everywhere

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11 October 2016

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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. The majority of the household items and food: ice cream, margarine, shampoo, lipstick - all contain palm oil. In Asia, it is used mainly for cooking, while in Europe it is also used in Biofuel. The reason for this is simply because of its efficiency in production. It has virtually no taste and does not melt at high temperature, therefore it makes an excellent ingredient in the most cosmetics and food products, such as chocolate and margarine.

Due to increasing global demand, the production of palm oil has doubled in the 2000’s and is expected to double again by the end of this decade. Today, the vast majority of palm oil comes from large plantations in Southeast Asia. Indonesia and Malaysia supply 85% of palm oil with 50 million tonnes produced per year. Unfortunately, the production of palm oil is widely responsible for massive deforestation in Borneo and Sumatra, putting nature, people and endangered species at risk.

So what is the solution?
Saying no to palm would mean using 6-10 times more land, fuel and resources to produce the same amount of another oil. Likewise, palm oil trees can continually produce 365 days a year up to 30-40 years; this means less stress on the environment than annual crops. Another great benefit is that it provides a constant income to farmers.

The great news is that there is a solution! Sustainable palm oil is the key approach to the production of palm oil without causing deforestation and harming people. Certified Sustainable Palm Oil (CSPO) represents the certification process where palm oil growers must commit to credible sustainability standards through time-bound plans. You can contribute to sustainable palm oil movement by supporting companies that use certified oil in their production, raising awareness among others, and putting pressure on the producers of your favourite products that contain conventional palm oil.

At Natural Habitats, we understand the significance of enhancing endangered species in the wildlife and therefore we do not support any form of deforestation. We are committed to producing certified organic and FairTrade palm oil. In addition to that, we educate and train our smallholder farmers in the preservation of organic farming practices, empower farmer’s assets and capabilities through our advisory programs, preserve heritage and traditional cultures, and provide education and support in healthcare.

 

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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

farmers, social reponsibility, environment, organic

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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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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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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Enhancing Biodiversity in Agriculture

Biological diversity, or biodiversity for short, comprises of the variety of life at all levels of organization, from genetic diversity within a species to variety within entire regions or ecosystems. Preserving biodiversity is important for multiple reasons, not least of which are the numerous essential services to humankind. Therefore, at Natural Habitats, we recognize conserving biological diversity as one of the key values of our company

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PC Affecting Ecuador Oil Palm Plantations

Bud rot disease or PC (pudrición del cogollo) has adversely affected some of the palm oil plantations in Ecuador, the country where Natural Habitats Group is working with small farm holders to produce organic and sustainable palm oil.
It is estimated that 5% of the Latin America’s total palm oil trees have been killed due to the spread of PC

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We Train Smallholder Farmers of Sierra Leone in Organic Farming

Oil palm trees are native to Sierra Leone, farmers have been traditionally growing oil palm trees as an intercrop in small-scale farming systems. Natural Habitats believe in doing business in harmony with the environment and this is the reason for us to continuously encourage our smallholder farmers in Sierra Leone to get involved in organic and more sustainable production of palm oil.

We regularly educate and train our smallholder farmers in organic farming practices and nature preservation for not only their own good but for the betterment of the society

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