The other side of palm oil

Published on: September 21, 2021

Written by Monique van Wijnbergen, Natural Habitat’s Sustainability & Corporate Communications Director and spokesperson for Palm Done Right

Other Side of Palm Oil

Palm oil has a bad reputation. In the media, we have seen how its production destroys rainforests and exploits people. But there is another side to palm oil. When we produce it the right way, good things start to happen.

Palm oil has many advantages to offer, that we can all benefit from when we grow and produce it using organic practices, protect forests and wildlife, and follow fair and socially responsible work ethics. This way we’re positively impacting nature and the lives of farmers, workers, and communities. Like Mario’s life, an Ecuadorian farmer: ‘Since I transitioned to organic farming I can finally breathe again in my plantation’.

A proud farmer

Mario is one of the oil palm farmers that switched from conventional to organic palm growing practices. I met him in Ecuador and asked him how organic palm cultivation has changed his life. Sitting on his porch he served me some of his homemade chocolate, made from cocoa beans his son cultivates. Many independent Ecuadorian family farmers grow multiple crops on their land.

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with Palm Done Right

Palm can be grown for good, bringing benefits to:

  • 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.

Together, we can influence change for:

  • Manufacturers that are still using conflict palm oil for their products.
  • Retailers that are still listing products that contain conflict palm oil.
  • Brokers and distributors that are still supplying their customers with products that contain conflict palm oil.
  • Shoppers that have the power to vote with their dollar.

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