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Proud to be part of...IFOAM

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04 October 2013

Proud to be part of….IFOAM

IFOAM or the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements is a leading NGO focused on the Organic Agriculture Movement. It was founded in 1972 for the sole purpose of organizing, uniting and unifying organic agriculture under one voice. In addition, it assists in the diffusion and exchange of knowledge globally while encouraging participation and embracing diversity every step of the process .

IFOAM created Standards and Certification through their Organic Guarantee System (OGS) to provide an international guarantee of organic standards and third-party certification worldwide. IFOAM worldwide members in over 117 countries help shape and develop policies for the organic movement legacy. Their members include:

Members– organizations whose activities are predominantly organic;
Associates–organizations whose activities in organic represent less than 50% of their turnover;
Supporters– an individual person who wants to support the organic movement.

IFOAM has a host of activities such as events, programs, academies and regional activites for everybody to learn about the organic movement:

1. IFOAM is creating amazing events– conferences and fairs! Every three years, IFOAM’s emblematic Organic World Congress (OWC) takes place in which interested parties are highlighting the contributions made by various initiatives from around the organic world! The 18th edition is taking place from 13-15 October 2014 in Istanbul!

It is the proud patron of the largest international organic trade fair for organic food and agriculture–BioFach that take place in locations as Germany, China, Brazil, USA, Japan and India.

2. Their programs focus on facilitating organic development in an effort to create sustainable solutions to poverty, food insecurity, soil, erosion, biodiversity decline and climate change by working in close cooperation with regional membership and other stakeholders More information about IFOAM projects can be found here .

3. The IFOAM Academy offers Leadership courses and tailored training programs to inform, offer know-how and inspire about the organic sector. More information about these course and eligibility can be found http://www.ifoam.org/sites/default/files/academy_brochure_2013_final_web.pdf here .

As can be seen above, if you are really interested in IFOAM, you can be part of it!
By joining you can make a difference- be part of the organic movement!!!

And this brings us to the last point. Natural Habitats Group is proud to announce that we are part of IFOAM and that we are really grateful of this achievement! By joining IFOAM we are strengthening our pledge to organic movement! We will continuously strive to ensure the highest standards of sustainable production, community development and environmental protection in a fair and ethical way! This is our promise that we will keep forever!

 

Blog & News

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

farmers, social reponsibility, environment, organic

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

farmers, environment, partnership, social reponsibility

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

farmers, partnership, social reponsibility

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

farmers, social reponsibility, environment

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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