Is Your Red Palm Oil RSPO?
Juka's red palm oil is harvested every three months by small scale farmers in small villages of West Africa. You have seen in our videos that our oil is sustainable and organic. A question that is now arising is "Is our oil RSPO certified?". Round Table on Sustainable Palm Oil or RSPO is a certification, put together by some plantation companies, manufacturers, environmental NGOs and social NGOs that produce or use palm oil. According to the body, "RSPO certification assessments need to be initiated by palm oil producers, by contacting one of the approved Certification Bodies. The cost of audits will be borne by the producer who seeks RSPO certification".
While this is a great initiative for the palm oil producers in Asia or South America to assure sustainability, the small scale farmers in African villages are merely left out. They simply do not have access to these RSPO certification bodies, just as they do not have access to the organic certification agencies. The closest organic certification agents to Africa are in Europe and it will cost the small scale farmers thousands of dollars to be able to get this "RSPO certificate" and the "organic seal". Is this a fair deal for the small scale farmers in African villages? Absolutely not, because red palm oil's region of origin is West Africa. Red palm oil is simply part of Africa's heritage and culture more than any other part of the world.
The small scale farmer in Africa also doesn't have the funding to use fertilizers and pesticides to harvest red palm fruits as in other parts of the world. The last factor that contributes to the sustainability question would be, do we harm the wild life such as the orangutans during red palm oil harvestation? The answer to that is very simple, there are no orangutans in West Africa, most orangutans leave in Asia but not Africa. Most African farmers produce the most authentic and pure red palm fruits by waiting for mother nature to harvest their palm fruits every three months. There are many simple ways to determine if the red palm oil you are consuming is sustainable, organic, extra virgin or even pure and authentic without a phrase or a stamp of approval from agencies (please watch some of our videos below). We have seen red palm oil in the market that have all the different seals such as certified organic, RSPO and yet they do not fulfill our expectations in terms of quality. Are those red palm oil brands sustainable even with the RPO Certification? we cannot answer that. Is Juka's sustainable? Yes, Juka's Is 100% sustainable.
Juka's Organic Co., is a family own Business from Africa. We are proud to say all our products (including our red palm fruits) are carefully hand selected by small scall farmers to sustain the authenticity and the quality of the products we import to the U.S to provide to our customers.Quality ia our priority and we certainly hope it is yours too! Africa's Purest To Your Doorstep!
The Amazing Women Behind Juka's Organic Co. They always carefully hand select the best red palm fruit and use the traditional method of extraction to produce organic red palm oil.