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Traceability: Way to our Sustainability

18 November 2014

environment, health, farmers, social reponsibility

Traceability: Way to Our Sustainability

Over the last decades, food Safety has been a growing concern among people. Presence of pesticides or other chemicals in feed and food, can threaten its quality and safety. Organic standards and certifications 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.

Farmers have been growing food with agricultural techniques, fertilization, and pesticides for hundreds of years. Some 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 for cancers, mutations, and severe diseases. To find out more about organic production click here .

Traceability is a risk- management tool, through which authorities can identify and recall unsafe products from the market. Certified organic food often travel great distances before reaching consumers. Through traceability tool sustainability standards ensure that good social and environmental practices certified at production are accounted for by the time a label is placed on the shelf and is sold to an end user.

At Natural Habitats group we assure our customers with full traceability to our sustainable palm oil. We believe in complete ‘farmer to fork’ transparency of our entire supply chain so that our customers are assured that their product truly comes from sustainable sources. At Natural Habitats, together with our partners, we control all processes from production, collection from partnering farmers, processing, distribution to product-marketing as we believe it to be essential to have full control over all business processes to guarantee a reliable supply of products and high service levels.

Traceability holds a great importance for the sustainability purposes; it is an effective tool for advancing the objectives of sustainability. This strengthens credibility for sellers and buyers allowing producers to negotiate a fair price for their crop and at the same time allows them to be in control of farm developments and increase production efficiency. It is been said that there is no sustainability without traceability; well that is a separate topic of discussion.

Traceability still has a long way to go before it is used widely and becomes an integral part of sustainable supply chain management. At present, only limited number of companies is producing traceable commodities. Natural Habitats is proud to be part of this number with a fully traceable palm oil supply chain


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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

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

social reponsibility, environment, farmers, organic

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

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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