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Sharing our values: Environmental preservation

09 December 2013

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In this post, the main concepts of environmental protection will be discussed in particular, terms such as environment preservation and conservation. Finally, it will focus on providing with practical examples courtesy of Natural Habitats.

Environmental protection and preservation are terms usually confused as they are generally substituted for each other. There is a clear distinction between them, which will be discussed in the following paragraphs.

Environment preservation focuses on maintaining the present areas of nature that are untouched by human beings. In other words, it places emphasis on protecting the wild landscape from the negative effects of over-development, valuing nature. Nature is an utmost important factor for the creation of a healthy and prosperous atmosphere to live in.

On the other hand, environment conservation implies the sustainable use of natural, renewable and non-renewable resources. It focuses on the needs and interests of human beings in areas such as the biological, economic, cultural and recreational. In this case, development is necessary for the creation of a better future while taking into consideration that these resources are managed effectively and efficiently.

In general, both terms address the need of becoming more environmentally friendly in order to make the planet more sustainable for future generations. For Natural Habitats, sustainability is a combination of organic and fair trade, which is achieved by ensuring fair and equal opportunities to all the farmers while working in harmony with the environment.

The operations of Natural Habitats’ take place in Ecuador and Liberia where there are no critically endangered species in the areas they operate. Thus, Natural Habitats provides organic and sustainable palm oil while preserving the environment!

Natural Habitats focuses on providing farmers and the local community with environmental education. This is a learning process that increases the community knowledge and awareness about the environment and its associated challenges. It strives to provide with understanding on how individual actions affect the environment. Thus, Natural Habitats’ small independent organic farm holders have plantations on already degraded land or grassland, which enables the preservation of the primary forests. More information can be found here .

In addition, Natural Habitats has a number of programs that focus on preserving biodiversity and minimizing the impact of climate change by focusing on organic and sustainable farming practices. In this way, Natural Habitats reduces its carbon footprint by diminishing the CO2 emission and by converting organic waste into organic compost. More information about these programs can be found here .

Overall, Natural Habitats is actively working on protecting and preserving the environment for the creation of a more sustainable world! For Natural Habitats, environment preservation is a deeply embedded into the core business values in order to provide organic and sustainable palm oil!


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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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