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Why to go organic?

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12 April 2013

Organic food is the food produced in a harmless to the nature way and which does not involve any synthetic pesticides, chemical fertilizers or GMOs. In other words, it is a healthy and responsible way of production, because it contains all the natural ingredients and lacks any kind of artificial components.Natural methods are used in order to control weeds and prevent pests. Organic farming practices are developed to promote soil, water conservation and reduce pollution. A good example of this way of farming can be found in Ecuador at Natural Habitats farms, where only organic inputs and self-made compost are used, produced from the recycled palm tree bunches. Furthermore, conservation of biodiversity around the farming areas is of a crucial importance for such practices.
There is a considerable amount of buzz going on lately about horsemeat found in burgers and meatballs, E. coli bacteria found in cakes and elements of euthanized pets in pets’ food ingredients. The list of shocking discoveries may continue with dangerous chemicals.
In order to prevent yourself from the negative effect of pesticides, GMO and chemicals, it is highly advisable to stick to organic food, proven as such with certified assessments. Moreover, certified food will ensure that you will not meet hidden and sometimes dangerous ingredients in your plate.
Here a question of budget may arise, since fairly enough, organic food is more expensive than conventional one. There are certain tricks you can stick to avoid harm to your wallet. For example, fruits and vegetables with thin skin are especially important to buy organic, while thick skin is relatively safe to buy conventional. By following this links, you can check the ways of how you can go organic and stay within a budget: http://life.gaiam.com/article/12-ways-be-organic-budget , http://www.doctoroz.com/videos/going-organic-budget
Organic products certified under USDA and European Union Regulation guarantee 100 % organic content of the package. Natural Habitats group has a number of certificates, which ensure the organic nature of its products, namely: USDA, Kosher, MIIFFAF Organic, EU Organic and EU 834/2007 organic. It is hard to find a company which could claim being 100 % organic. As a matter of fact, Natural Habitats, in comparison to its competitors, is the only company, which can proudly say that all products it produces are organic.

 

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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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