Published on: September 21, 2021
Written by Monique van Wijnbergen, Natural Habitat’s Sustainability & Corporate Communications Director and spokesperson for Palm Done Right.
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’.
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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