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Forest Conservation - Our Core Value

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11 November 2014

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Forest Conservation - Our Core Value

Production of sustainable palm oil is an integral part of our business core values. Environment conservation and preservation is equally important for a sustainable business as the economic and social well being of its stakeholders. It aims to control pollution and protect biodiversity by focusing on balancing the various systems by becoming more earth friendly.

Environmental protection and preservation are terms usually confused as they are generally substituted for each other. Environment preservation focuses on protecting the untouched nature from the negative effects of over-development. On the other hand, environment conservation implies the sustainable use of natural, renewable and non-renewable resources. In this case, development is necessary for the creation of a better future while taking into consideration that these resources are managed effectively and efficiently. To find out more about the difference between environment conservation and preservation please click here .

At Natural Habitats, we know that it is essential to conduct conservation practices and preserve forest, where biodiversity lives. Therefore, we are committed to the development of conservation and learning programs to promote the security of all species in the area of our farming operations. All our development and planting takes place on degraded land or grassland, we make sure that no primary forest is been cut for our business purposes.

Of the land we acquired, 80% is been used for organic production and 5% is used for infrastructure as roads, houses, etc. So, 15% of the land is left to create a bio-diverse environment with all kinds of flora and fauna. This is both beautiful and useful, because it makes the planted area with crop or trees more sustainable, and resistant against diseases. 

 Use of fossil fuelled equipment is avoided as much as possible. Mules and oxen can do the work even better than tractors! Rainwater is captured and used for irrigation and sanitary systems.

Protecting and encouraging biodiversity is a fundamental pillar in our operations. Our agronomists control the environmental impact we have in the province. In order to do so, we conduct several programs within our facilities and together with our communities:

Reduction of CO2 emission: We use degraded land for our palm oil plantation in order to ‘neutralize’ the CO2 emission effect. Other than that we are dedicated to organic production through minimum use of fuel.

Training Communities: We teach local people how to dispose and recycle their garbage; this contributes not only to the environment but also to the people’s health and hygiene by reducing diseases and contaminations. We believe that education-in-action is the best way to contribute to the society and the environment.

Resources management system: 
As an organic and sustainable farming company all our operations have been designed in a way to reduce all ways of pollution (water, air, soil). We convert our organic waste into organic compost for the farming purposes. Moreover cooperating companies and smallholders have to sign an agreement explicitly stating they will preserve primary forest.

To read more about our conservation programs please click here

Conserving forest can improve the quality of human life. We at Natural Habitats with the help of our learned agronomists control our environmental impact and constantly work towards the betterment of the society, today and for the generations to come.

 

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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

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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

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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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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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