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Organic certifications

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27 February 2014

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Nowadays, organic foods can be identified by a logo designating a food as organic somewhere on its packaging. In this blog post, organic certification will be discussed and the most common governmental regulations will be presented.

Organic certification is an integral part of ensuring that consumers receive the best quality food grown under the best care. It exists to provide consumers with the certainty that they are buying 100% organic products. The laws and regulations dividing certified from non-certified organic food keep farming system accountable and reliable, allowing the companies that fully comply with the standards to showcase the certified organic label on their products.

There are certain standards that have to be complied with in order to become an organic operation such as:
- To eliminate the use of chemical pesticides, antibiotics, growth hormones, and the use organic feed for animals;
- To avoid using genetically modified substances, seeds and organisms;
- To utilize farmland that has been free of pesticide use for at least 3 years;
- To separate non-certified organic materials from certified organic materials.
In addition to these regulations, farmers, food processing plants, seed distribution companies and shipping companies are subject to inspections of their facilities and machines whenever declared necessary by the certifying bodies. These companies also need to keep a paper trail of all of their documents for auditing reasons.

The most seen organic certifications labels identified that can be seen on packaging are as following depending on your geographic location:
1. US-USDA Certified Organic. “It is a symbol of hard work and integrity and one of the highest standards in the United States.” (USDA 2014). This logo displayed on the packaging indicates that those products are grown, packaged and shipped following the specific guidelines required by the U.S. government.
2. EU-EU Organic. The EU organic logo is a quick and simple way for consumers to recognize organic production, and an important step in guaranteeing that organic produce is always of the same high standards.

All in all, organic products are certified in order to proactively create a control system to ensure environmental care. Meeting these standards not only shows the producer’s commitment to a healthy and more sustainable planet but in addition, it also assures consumers and buyers that the agricultural products meet all the organic certification requirements.

A good example is provided by Natural Habitats. They are a supplier of certified organic, fair-trade and sustainable palm oil. More information about Natural Habitats and organic certifications can be found natural-habitats.com here .

 

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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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