Red Palm Oil | Organic
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Organic Red Palm Oil is a Traditional FoodFor many years, most of the food eaten by the human race, whether raw or cooked, came from natural, unprocessed foods. Nuts and seeds were often times pressed for oils and the oil was used in its "freshly pressed" state. In Mediterranean countries, the pulp of the olive was used to make prized oil long before the time of Christ. For centuries, just like the olive tree, special palm trees in tropical, rainy Asia and Africa supplied precious, deep red-orange oil from the pulp of their fruit. This oil, we now call Red Palm Oil.
Natural Red Palm Oil, sold by Wilderness Family Naturals, is produced from the fruit of the oil palm, Elaeis guineensis. This palm tree can be found in the wet, rainy areas of Africa, as well as the tropical rain forests of Asia. WFN's Natural Red Palm Oil comes from Malaysia which used to be considered the "Palm Oil Capital of the World". Today, Indonesia has surpassed Malaysia in palm oil production, however, Indonesia has allowed the destruction of rainforest in their pursuit of palm oil production and they only produce refined palm oil products. It is important to us that the oil palms used for the production of our Red Palm Oil come from an ecology-based company whose plantations have been in existence for many, many years, where they are not slashing and burning the Jungle to create more plantations. At the company we purchase from, the rainforest around them remains intact and no new rainforest is being destroyed. This company has won a number of awards for their environmental consciousness and they have been at the forefront of changing the practices of palm oil producers around the world. All the Red Palm Oil sold at Wilderness Family Naturals is RSPO certified by the company we purchase from, which also happens to be a founding member of this organization.
What does the RSPO certification mean?The journey of RSPO started in 2003 as an informal co-operation among top palm oil producers. In 2004, RSPO was legally registered in Switzerland as a nonprofit organization and set up offices in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) and Jakarta (Indonesia). Today the RSPO principles, criteria and indicators extend far beyond just conserving primary rainforest. They require a comprehensive, independent social and environmental impact assessment, which includes soil types and other high conservation values important for biodiversity. The RSPO Principles and Criteria were drafted through an open and intensive dialogue between oil palm growers, palm oil processors and traders, consumer goods manufacturers, retailers, banks/investors, environmental/nature conservation NGOs and social/developmental NGOs. Also, public consultation rounds were held to gain additional input. The environmental criteria for plantations are directed at preventing further loss to primary forests or other high conservation value areas, reducing negative impacts on soil, habitats of endangered species and overall biodiversity, and development of water and energy-efficient production methods. The Social concerns that are addressed apply to palm oil production employs and support the fair treatment of millions of plantation workers, small farmers and their families. The social criteria for plantations are directed at strengthening local poor people's livelihoods by preventing conflicts about the rights to use land, providing income security to workers, small oil palm farmers and their families, protecting health and living environments, ensuring human and labor rights, and supporting legal compliance.
What have been the RSPO's results so far?The Roundtable has developed a Code of Conduct for all of its members. It has agreed on Principles and Criteria that define sustainable palm oil production. They include standards for palm oil plantations, on dealing fairly with employees and impacted communities, conserving natural resources and biodiversity, and developing new plantings responsibly. The Roundtable has approved independent, well-established certification bodies, which audit palm oil mills and plantations and provide certificates to those that meet the RSPO's Criteria. To meet the needs of many end-users, the Roundtable has defined four ways for companies to purchase certified sustainable palm oil. All four supply chain systems are designed in such a way as to assure oil processors and consumers that the sustainable palm oil they buy indeed corresponds with oil that is produced in a sustainable way.
How Does Red Palm Oil Compare to Other Oils (such as olive oil, coconut oil, soybean oil, etc.)?
- Red palm oil contains more beta-carotene, vitamin E and tocotrienols than any other oil.
- Remains stable when used for cooking.
- It is not hydrogenated, nor processed with solvents such as hexane, and does not contain any trans-fatty acids