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Meet Our Organic Farmers: Pablo Rosales

10 December 2013

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Our journey continues! Today, we are going to visit another of our farms in Esmeraldas: The Hacienda “Atenea”. In particular, we are going to discuss with the administrator of the farmPablo Rosales about the organic farming methods to enrich the quality of the soil.

Before Pablo started producing organic palm oil, he was an eco-tourism entrepreneur. Eco-tourism is an alternative mass tourism, being defined as “the responsible travel to natural areas that preserve and conserve the environment and improve the well-being of the local people” (Ecotourism Society 2013).

In this process, Pablo had shared the principles of ecotourism which focus on:

Minimizing impact on the environment;
Building environmental, cultural awareness and respect;
Providing with positive experiences for both visitors and hosts;
Empowering the local communities;
Raising awareness for environment preservation.

Thus, becoming an organic farmer was the next step logical, respecting and loving nature being deeply rooted as one of his core values. Organic agriculture combines tradition, innovation and science to benefit the shared environment– the health of soils, ecosystems and people, relying on ecological and natural processes to do so. In a nutshell, organic farming excludes the use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides. In order to eliminate the use of pesticides, alternative natural methods that are organic and sustainable have to be used such as organic compost or green manure.

Natural Habitats offers support, guidance and advice through our agronomists. We help our farmers (in this case Hacienda “Atenea”) by providing appropriate training and solutions to the problems encountered.

Natural Habitats is more focused on creating a common front with the farmers through our “Familia Organica” in order to share our values of: empowerment of the farmers to improve their livelihood, protecting the world’s resources and people’s health, preserving heritage and cultural tradition and sharing our passion for an organic and social world! “Familia Organica” is more than a family, it is an organic and sustainable way of life!

We would like to thank the Hacienda “Atenea” for the fantastic job they do and the great care they take in order to be provide high quality organic palm fruits! To find out more please watch this video

Our journey will continue. Stay tuned for more exciting stories!


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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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