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Sustainability is the future!

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29 November 2013

environment, social reponsibility

An article by Jo Confino in the Guardian about sustainability made an interesting remark about it: “ We will only create prosperity within planetary boundaries if we start to really believe it is possible.” In other words, sustainability is struggling to articulate a vision of a future that is both prosperous and within planetary boundaries. But what is sustainability?

As a basic concept, sustainability focuses on creating a better world and not compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs by embracing three core aspects: environment, economy and social equity. Sustainability can take many forms but in particular the focus today is on sustainable agriculture.

The food production system currently in place heavily relies on monoculture, mechanization, chemical pesticides and fertilizers to make food abundant and affordable. However, the ecological and social price that had to be paid for this was really high. It caused: erosion; the depletion and contamination of soil and water resources; loss of biodiversity, deforestation and labor abuses (unsuitable working conditions and unfair wages).

Public pressure and societal changes aimed to transform the agricultural and food provision system in becoming more sustainable. Thus, sustainable agriculture develops a steady supply of food in harmony with the essential natural resources on which farming depends. The main concepts of sustainable agricultural techniques include: organic, ecological, low-input and holistic. The main commonality between these techniques is that they embrace practices that mimic natural ecological processes that avoid pesticides and fertilizers for alternative methods. Sustainable farmers focus on reducing, reusing and recycling:

Reducing– focusing on efficiently using resources (e.g. nurturing the presence of organisms that can help control crop-destroying pests);
Recycling¬– using the organic waste for compost or manure preparation;
Reusing– resources such as water in the farm itself.

There are also broader principles that have to be in place in order to truly deserve the name sustainable agriculture such as treating the farmers in a fair and just manner in order to increase the quality of their livelihood.

Natural Habitats believes that sustainability, as a vision is possible– embedding it as the core driver to ensure a responsible production. It is a long-term commitment that focuses on resource conservation, social development and environmental stewardship through:
Organic farming– Doing business in harmony with the environment. Learn more about it here );
Fair trade– Improving the livelihood in a fair and ethical way (Learn more about it here );
Training and offering proactive support to our farmers (Learn more about it here );
Driving community development (Learn more about it here) .

All in all, sustainability focuses on protecting the environment, increasing the livelihoods of local communities and developing social equity. Natural Habitats will continuously strive to ensure the highest standards of sustainable production, community development and environmental protection! By embedding sustainability as a core driver, together we can make a difference!

 

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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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