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WWOOF: Experiencing Organic Lifestyle

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17 May 2013

We are always happy to share news related to organic sector and to evidence how the popularity for it grows. It is amazing that there are initiatives, which allow people to experience organic farming themselves. Recently, we came across this interesting initiative, which connects farmers and volunteers.
WWOOF (World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms) is a project specialized on worldwide agrotourism programs, allowing to combine tourism with work on organic farms. Volunteers work on those farms for free but in exchange for food and accommodation.

To participate in program, farmers contribute a small fee to the representatives of WWOOF. Hosts are obliged to prove that their farms comply with the standards of organic farming and that volunteers will have a safe accommodation, and environment to work.

Volunteers also have to pay a fee of $ 40-55 to WWOOF. After payment, the whole catalogue of farmers is visible, which enables volunteer to choose the farm they like.
Main requirements to volunteers are:
- Interest in learning about sustainable and organic methods of living
- Motivation to learn about environmentally friendly/sustainable projects
- Willingness to work outdoors on tasks that may be difficult and physically demanding
- Being respectful towards other properties and able to adjust to other people

Project History

WWOOF was started with a small project by an office worker in England in 1971. Founder, Sue Coppard, felt that it is important for citizens of big cities to have an experience of working on a farm and being closer to nature. Initially, it was a weekend programs for small groups of people on the bio dynamic farm in England. Project appeared to be demanded and therefor started to expand. Today, network has an impressive amount of participants and involves all the continents.
This initiative shows the popularity of farming and rising acknowledgment of the organic principles. People are willing not only to buy organic, but also to experience the whole process of growing food and getting closer to the nature.

If you would like to experience this adventure yourself, check the link: WWOOF

 

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Palm Oil Is Everywhere

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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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