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Organic principles

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16 June 2014

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This is to be organic!

Farmers have been growing food with agricultural techniques, fertilization, and pesticides for hundreds of years. Every day there is a new product claiming to solve problems with pests, fungus, or any other crop threat. Some other products claim to be the ultimate solution for production yield intensification. Companies develop these products using genetically modified organisms, chemicals and synthetic ingredients, which are considered harmful for human beings, and responsible of cancers, mutations, and severe diseases. Consumers were concerned of the threat, and as a result, organic production standards were created. Organic standards guarantee that crops are grown without the use of any type of pesticides, GMOs or synthetic fertilizers, and at the same time ensure farmers implement production practices that protect the environment, and their workers.
Consumers can identify organic food in supermarkets or local markets thanks to the organic labels displayed on the product packaging. In order to get these labels, external certification bodies annually assess the correct implementation of the organic standards in the farm and authorize its use.
Organic standards follow the 4 principles of organic agriculture set out by The International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM).

Principle of health

Health comes from eating healthy food. Crops grown on soils treated with chemical fertilizers are poisoned, crops sprayed with pesticides are poisoned, and animals treated with antibiotics are poisoned. None of these provide healthy food and cannot be used in organic agriculture.

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Principle of ecology

All food is derived from a living ecological cycle, from creating food of nutrients back to creating nutrients from food. Reduce, reuse and recycling of inputs is important to stimulate the ecological cycle. Through high diversity, an efficient system will ensure healthy cycles of nutrients in a clean environment with low pest numbers.

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Principle of fairness

Organic agriculture values everything and everyone involved in the production. This means that fairness, respect, equity and justice should be valued towards all others, including animals. Thus farmers, workers, future generation, neighbors and animals should not suffer from production. Openness about production and trade must be ensured for fair return of the costs.

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Principle of care

Increasing productivity, yields and efficiency must not cause harm to others, the environment of future generations. Knowledge on ecosystems and agriculture must be used to prevent damage. Knowledge from education, experience and cultures can provide good insights into the safety of a method. Thus unknown practices and techniques are only to be used after careful risk analysis. In case of doubt, refrain from using such techniques. Genetic engineering is therefore not considered a good practice for organic agriculture.

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Further than a certification, organic principles guarantee the sustainable management of production resources and allow many farmers all over the world to make a living from organic farming.

 

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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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