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Organic Lifestyle

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26 July 2013

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Organic lifestyle is a way of living that represents caring about your health, your family’s health and about the environment. Adhering to organic lifestyle helps to stay responsible towards the planet, we live on.

There are several things that we can change in our life that will contribute to our health.

1) Eat Organic Food

Organic lifestyle starts with what you eat. Organic foods are fruits and vegetables grown without the use of chemicals, and meats processed without the hormones. Chemical insecticides, herbicides, fertilizers on vegetables and fruits have doubtful effects on humans and environment. In the long run, chemicals in food could cause severe illnesses or slow growth in children. There are different ways, how you can avoid chemicals: growing food yourself, but not everyone has enough space to do that or buying organic food from the local farmers, markets. It is important to check certificates of organic product. For example, only word 'natural' without any certifications, can be used just as a marketing trick.

2) Cleaning Products

Living organic goes beyond the food and extends to the way the home is kept clean. In order to keep your house clean it is enough to use natural products, such as vinegar, baking soda, lemon juice etc. To make it easier, a number of cleaners have been created from natural products that are easy on the environment as well as on the person using them. Organic products are available for washing dishes, clothes, and furniture.

3) Cosmetics

Furthermore, it is also important to use body products, which contain only organic ingredients. Organic soaps and skin-care products have equally effective qualities and appealing scents. Using organic products is safer and healthier in the long run. Also pure oils, such as red palm oil, coconut oil can be very good for cosmetic purpose.

4) Travelling

While moving within the city for a short distance, it would be better to stick to bicycle or walking. That would be good not only for environment, but for health as well. While choosing a car, it would be advisable to stick to cars with better gas mileage.

5) Pets

You can make your own food for your pet otherwise, there are companies that produce organic food specifically for pets. There are several tips on how to make homemade dog treats, for example: Dog Treats . You can check for those ones too.
Some people might also decide to make their own toys using organic cotton and other pet-friendly non-toxic materials.

Transformation into organic lifestyle requires a certain amount of time and should be done one day at a time, to acknowledge the difference it makes.

 

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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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