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The 18th IFOAM Organic World Congress: 13–15 OCT 2014, Istanbul

21 October 2014

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The 18th IFOAM Organic World Congress: 13–15 OCT 2014, Istanbul

International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements IFOAM united people globally for the purpose of promoting organic agriculture. It helped farmers adopt environmentally, socially and economically responsible agricultural systems. Organic farmers ensure long-term health of the land and help in providing consumers food free of synthetic fertilizers and pesticides.

The IFOAM Organic World Congress was the world’s largest and most significant organic gathering organized every 3 years in a different country, attended by more than 2500 people from the organic sector worldwide. The objective of the congress was to discuss the strategy and roadmap of organic agriculture and to share experiences, innovations and knowledge about the organic world.

Natural Habitat is proud to be the member of this prestigious congress this year, it provided us the opportunity to network and learn about the most recent technologies, production techniques and marketing methods. This event was an inspiration for all stakeholders to contribute to the development of the organic sector worldwide. This was the time and place, where the leaders and opinion makers of the organic world talked about the new strategies, innovative solutions and groundbreaking researches in more than 250 presentations.

A special attention was been given to the organizing country, Istanbul has been the crossroad between the East and the West for many hundred years hence the theme this year “Building Organic Bridges” had a special significance. The association aimed to increase awareness of organic farming in Turkey and to guide people, institutions and other related organizations to cooperate during the preparations of the congress.

Organic World Congress was also the platform to elect IFOAM World Board by the General Assembly for the tenure of next 3 years. Over 600 organizations use their democratic rights and elect the World Board, a strategic guidance was also provided to the board on appointing official committees, working groups and task forces. The General Assembly is a dynamic gathering that motivates board and staff to continue working towards the realization of IFOAM’s vision.

The congress lasted 3 days and was made up of 3 plenary and 8 breakout sessions within 3 tracks (Main, Scientific and Practitioners) and workshops.

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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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