Meet Fausto Ortozco

Fausto has 33 years of experience as a palm grower in the Quininde region of Ecuador, and is happy that he made the change to organic with the help of Natural Habitats. It wasn’t an easy process to make the change from using chemical fertilizers and pesticides to adopting organic methods of pest control and composting, but Fausto says it opened new opportunities. Now, he’s empowered to improve his agricultural processes, minimize waste, improve the quality of his harvest and participate in the global marketplace.

“To grow organically, you must first look inside yourself and understand what you’re doing, you have to truly believe that what you’re doing is right. Because if you don’t, the industry will take you in a different direction. But if we give what we produce quality, spirit, character, personality … then we will succeed.”

Meet Walter Loyoga

When you meet Walter, who grows palm fruit for Natural Habitats on his farm in the Quininde region of Ecuador, you can’t help but be struck by how he beams. He’ll tell you that he grows “organic del corazon” — organic from the heart. Walter uses green manure–strategic cover crops that nurture the soil and attract beneficial insects–natural pest management (like traps with a mixture of molasses and water to attract a harmful beetle) and intercropping for productive, healthy trees and a thriving ecosystem.

“When you grow organically, the land thanks you and takes care of itself.”

Meet Pablo Rosales

Pablo’s farm in Ecuador includes vast amounts of primal forest, which he has left untouched for 30 years so the native species of plants and animals can continue to thrive. The rest, he is passionate about cultivating organically; he’s even organized a special recycling unit on his farm to reuse and dispose of waste responsibly.

“The forest provides a natural level of humidity, which surrounds our crops and protects from diseases. Forest plays a role of a curtain around the actual farm, which defends organic crops: palm and fruit trees.”

Why You Should Get Involved
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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