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Never Ending Commitment

(August 25, 2020) The Covid pandemic is still affecting all of us. Like many communities around the world, the farming communities in Ecuador have also been severely impacted. Many families are struggling to make ends meet and children have been deprived of going to school, losing out on their education and the daily connection with […]

Golden Palm

Golden Palm

(June 29, 2020) Beauty editor Karen van Ede wrote an excellent article about palm oil in cosmetics for Vogue Nederland. Looking for answers whether palm oil can be produced in a responsible manner, she explores alternatives when buying cosmetics. A clear and nuanced piece, including concrete actions that we, as consumers, can take. Palm oil is the […]

It’s All About Transparency

It’s All About Transparency

(June 23, 2020) Palm oil remains a subject that triggers emotions, that much is clear to see. But when we talk about palm oil and the challenges we face — not only in producing it sustainably but also marketing it transparently — we find anything but clarity. Why is that? Turns out there are risks […]

fair-trade palm oil

5 Brands That Use Palm Oil You Can Trust

(June 8, 2020) If you want to believe the media, you better stay away from palm oil. But when you dig a little deeper, you will learn that there is also good palm oil that is produced with respect for nature, people and animals. But how will you know that soap, peanut butter and snack […]

Eliminating barriers for progress

Eliminating barriers for progress

(June 2, 2020) Meet Sebastian Rojas, farmer liaison officer at Natural Habitats. As a child he spent all his summer holidays at his grandparents’ farm. He loved being out in the field, helping his grandfather cultivate the organic fruit orchards. Already from a young age he was imbued with the extensive traditional knowledge that farmers […]

palm oil’s rainforest destruction

Nature Doesn’t Have To Carry The Burden

(May 25, 2020) Agriculture and nature often clash. The images of palm oil’s rainforest destruction are a devastating example. But what happens when agriculture and nature work in unison? Jason Crespo, an Ecuadorian oil palm farmer shows us that it is possible. For him environmental protection is an integral part of his work: “I want […]