Palm Oil is the Highest Yielding Energy-Producing Crop in the World
For over 24 years, Aloha Bay has been wholesaling gift and home decor items sourced first from Europe, then Asia and now includes Pakistan and Brazil. We always tried hard to follow business practices that are sustainable in the long run. We are aware of the impact we have on the planet, wildlife, neighbors, and global partners. This awareness shapes how we conduct business. By showing what we have accomplished so far, we hope to earn your support.
This Powerpoint presentation details the Palm Oil production processes and practices the Agropalma Group in Brazil utilizes to deliver sustainably harvested Palm Oil.
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In the last decades, growing global demand for edible oils and bio-fuels has resulted in a tremendous increase in areas under oil crop cultivation, particularly soybean and oil palm. With the price of crude petroleum hitting record heights, soy and palm oil are being promoted as feasible sources for biodiesel, a renewable substitute for petroleum-derived diesel. The rapid expansion of both crops has resulted in the conversion of High Conservation Value Rainforests in South-East Asia and South America, including parts of the Amazon. As world production of soy and palm oil is expected to continue increasing at the current pace, there is a growing concern that this expansion would result in further reducing the rain forests. The habitat of many species, like the orangutan, could significantly diminish, endangering their survival.
Bart travels to Asia regularly. With our business partners, Ping and Prananto, he has worked from the very beginning on ways to make sure that our palm wax originates predominantly from smaller, old-growth palm plantations, located around villages in rural Indonesia. We also choose to buy palm wax from Malaysia, because its government has put a moratorium on forest clearing for the establishment of oil palm plantations. Only areas already used for agriculture will be allowed to convert to palm oil production. Recently, we started experimenting with certified organic palm wax from sustainable fair trade plantations in Brazil.
Aloha Bay has decided not to try and write our own articles about the pros and cons of palm oil production. Ever since we found palm wax to be the best candle wax, allowing us to make the most richly scented candles to date, we definitely have a vested interest! Instead, we have chosen to post third party peer reviewed articles from independent sources, which are self-funded, objective and then actually spend our time in the countries concerned. Unfortunately, public relations experts working for global agro-conglomerates have their own agendas, just as some environmental groups allow their judgment to be clouded by their desire for media coverage (resulting in hyped statements and over-simplification).
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Soy and Soil Pollutants — In 2009, 77.5 million acres was used for growing soybeans making it the United States' second largest crop. Unfortunately, such large-scale production can also result in large-scale pollution of the soil where the soy grows.
Soil Compaction — Soil compaction is a form of physical degradation resulting in densification and distortion of the soil where biological activity, porosity and permeability are reduced, strength is increased and soil structure partly destroyed.
Brazil Palm Oil Project — By becoming oil palm farmers, Brazilian families become agents of sustainable socio-environmental development processes characterized by the growth of income generation and ecosystem conservation.
Soy Damage in Brazil — With a new variety of soybean developed by Brazilian scientists to flourish in rainforest climate, soybeans have become one of the most important deforestation contributors in the Amazon.
Palm Deforestation: Truth or Fiction? — California The superior sustainability of the Malaysian palm oil industry is patently obvious, and it is clear that the Malaysian oil palm cultivation is superior to any large scale agriculture in the tropics or the temperate countries in terms of sustainability parameters.
GMO Super Weeds — Unfortunately for American farmers who rely on GM crops, it seems that some of the world's most invasive weeds are following nature's laws to the letter when it comes to competing with genetically modified soybeans and corn.
Certifications — View the RSPO (Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil) certifications for Daabon USA as the distributor and Daabon Group as the grower / refiner guaranteeing the criteria for processing RSPO certified sustainable palm oil.