Polaris receives 2015 Friend of the Earth Award for its Inca Inchi oil from sustainable agriculture
Friend of the Earth director Paolo Bray has handed out the 2015 Friend of the Earth Award to Mrs Véronique Sanceau of Polaris, on a side event at Geneva’s Vitafood Expo.
POLARIS, major producer of polyunsaturated fatty acids, obtained Friend of the Earth certification for its Inca Inchi Oil at the beginning of 2015. An onsite third party audit in the Peruvian Amazon confirmed that no natural ecosystem was destroyed for the cultivation of Inca Inchi. No pesticides are used and some producers are organic certified. The organisation has defined goals, management and soil conservation strategies. No irrigation is required as plants grow exclusively on rainwater.
“Friend of the Earth Award aims at encouraging and motivating agricultural companies to lower their impact on the environment,” explains Dr Bray. “POLARIS’ care for environment conservation is proved by its double Friend of the Earth and Friend of the Sea products certification. Polaris Omega3 products are indeed certified for their sustainable origin.”
POLARIS is a recognized expert in Nutritional Lipids, domain in strong growth. The company is specialized in the development, production and marketing of polyunsaturated fatty acids Omega 3s.
Since 1994, the teams have developed and launched on the market several innovations to improve the quality, the stability and the formulation of marine origin omega 3s, and other oils with high nutritional values.
Friend of the Earth
Friend of the Earth is a non-profit project for the certification of products from sustainable agriculture and farming. Coming from the positive experience of the Friend of the Sea certification for sustainable fisheries and aquaculture, Friend of the Earth is rapidly growing as the leading international label for sustainable agriculture production.
Friend of the Earth certification requirements are based on FAO's SAFA guidelines for sustainable agriculture and farming. Certified production sites cannot be developed on critical habitats and producers must have a social and environmental management system in place, be compliant with national environmental laws, conserve existing ecosystems and reduce their impacts to a sustainable level.