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Welcome to Hondupalma, the world’s first sustainable certified palm oil cooperative!

Welcome to Hondupalma, the world’s first sustainable certified palm oil cooperative!

Hondupalma is a medium-sized palm oil cooperative located about an hour away from San Pedro Sula, an industrial city in northern Honduras. If you follow a very long and bumpy dirt road, past brightly coloured cement houses, past wandering dogs, chickens, and mules pulling carts, past muddy streams where children splash to cool off in the 98-degree heat (36C), you’ll eventually come to the verdant, humid expanses of oil palms that make up part of Hondupalma’s 9500-hectare plantation. Hondupalma is different from other palm oil plantations because it achieved Rainforest Alliance certification for sustainable palm oil production in October 2013 – the first-ever palm oil cooperative in the world to do this, and the first certified palm oil company in Honduras. I spent two days last week visiting Hondupalma as a guest of Rainforest Alliance, to see firsthand what kind of work i...

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