Interview with Natural Habitats’ Sebastian Rojas: On Palm Oil and the Environment

Published on: August 10, 2021

Through working with Serendipalm and Natural Habitats in Ecuador, we here at Traidcraft developed FairPalm – the world’s only fair trade, organic palm oil, that protects the environment while supporting smallholder growers.

Today, we’re speaking to Natural Habitats’ Sebastian Rojas, on all things climate change and organic.

Palm Oil

Traidcraft: Hi Sebastian, thanks so much for taking time out of your busy schedule to speak to us. Can you start by explaining a little bit about what a farmer’s daily routine looks like?

Sebastian: No problem. Every day farmers work on their farms to care for their crops and work on anything that is required that day; pruning, weeding, and harvesting, with the help of their families and/or workers. There is always something to do on the farm.

Traidcraft: Sounds like the farmers never have a spare moment! How are the fruits harvested?

Sebastian: When the fruit is ripe, workers harvest by hand, either by using a scythe fit onto a long pole or by shimmying up the tree and using a machete to cut down the bunches. Once the bunches are harvested, the farmers cart them to a central point for transport to or pick up for the mill. They either use donkeys, horses, oxen, or small trucks for this.

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  • Our planet, due to palm oil’s land efficiency.
  • Local communities, due to the economic development oil palm production creates.
  • Our market, due to palm oil’s versatility and functionality as an ingredient, lifting product quality and performance.

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  • Manufacturers that are still using conflict palm oil for their products.
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